Disabled Grandma raising Grandkids

Louise - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 5 moms have responded )




I was just wondering if there is anyone else out there that is disabled and is raising there Grandkids - I was given my Grandson's at the age of - 1.5years + 1month by CAS- not sure if i am doing things right -the oldest is a delaid speaker + the baby is a 2month premie - I have Fybromyalgia and all that goes with it - i am finding it very tough, but dont get me wrong i will do anything for my grandkids.


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Jan - posted on 06/06/2011




I am in the same boat. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and COPD. I am also raising three of my grandchildren. They are 11,10, and 9. My daughter and I were apart for 31 years and I had only known my grandchildren for 4 years when my daughter was killed in an auto accident. The 11 year old is Autistic and has Tourettes. We have had them for 10 months now and it has been a tough adjustment. My husband is 53 and I am 57 and wheel chair bound.

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I agree with Jennifer, I am neither a grandma or disabled, but I wanted to say KUDOS to you! You sound like a amazing, and strong woman! How lucky they are to have you, and I wish you all of the patience, and support out there! Prayers and best wishes on their way!

Becky - posted on 02/23/2010




It is wonderful that you are raising your grandkids! I think it is so much better when they can stay with family!
Is CAS doing anything to help you out? Here in AB, we have programs for grandparents or other relatives looking after children in their family, that provide financial aid and other support. I would be quite disappointed in CAS if they just gave you the kids and said, here you go, have fun, without offering your any support!
Are you in Canada? Just asking, because I know Ontario calls their child protection program CAS. If so, your local health region should have speech therapists that you can talk to about your oldest grandson's delayed speech and nurses who you can talk to if you have any concerns with the little one's development. If you are really struggling though, I would call CAS and ask what they can do to help.
Kudos to you for doing this! Your grandsons are lucky to have you!

Lynda - posted on 02/23/2010




Hi Lousie they are very very lucky to have you in their lives, you are so great for taking them in it is hard work even if we don't have heath problems so great for you. Keep up the good work, Lynda

~Jennifer - posted on 02/23/2010




I'm not disabled or a grandma, but I just want to wish you all the best with your grandchildren.

What a blessing you must be to them!

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