Grandparents looking after children need better rights

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A COUPLE who care for their young granddaughter feel more should be done to help those in their situation.

Tracy and Andy Warner, of Windermere Drive, Warndon Villages, Worcester, have been looking after 13-month-old Lily since she was a few days old and are concerned the law is not in their favour in terms of parental responsibility.

They took on the care of Lily after their daughter Katie, aged 18, felt unable to look after her and she is currently living at the YMCA in Henwick Road, receiving income support to help make ends meet. Mrs Warner says they rely on the income of her coach driver husband and they receive child benefit and some child tax but they are now unsure where to turn for help as tough financial times continue to bite.

She said: “We are not allowed the money because we don’t have parental responsibility. You don’t know which way to go, it just seems like an ongoing trail that’s got no light at the end of it.

“We are concerned that there’s no parental responsibility and no one has legal control over her, so can they come and take her off us? It’s a chance we don’t want to take.

“Surely there should be some help out there, whether for the mother because she is struggling or the grandparents because they have taken her on?”

A spokesman from the Grandparent’s Association said that as of 30 September there should be guidelines and policy in place at every local authority surrounding friends and family care regardless of legal responsibility, which should provide the Warners with some support.

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6:46pm Sun 8 Jan 12

GroovyChick says...

I'm sorry, maybe its me, and I don't want to stir anything, but surely you wouldn't expect any money for looking after your own grandchildren - I know I wouldn't
I'm sorry, maybe its me, and I don't want to stir anything, but surely you wouldn't expect any money for looking after your own grandchildren - I know I wouldn't GroovyChick
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7:11pm Sun 8 Jan 12

yeller says...

exactly..give me my house, income, family and if its not enough give me more...meanwhile, give some more to my young daughter, who was far too mature to consider contraception..she was 17..................
...............get out of my wallett
exactly..give me my house, income, family and if its not enough give me more...meanwhile, give some more to my young daughter, who was far too mature to consider contraception..she was 17.................. ...............get out of my wallett yeller
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11:56pm Sun 8 Jan 12

CJH says...

GroovyChick wrote:
I'm sorry, maybe its me, and I don't want to stir anything, but surely you wouldn't expect any money for looking after your own grandchildren - I know I wouldn't
This isn't occasional babysitting, this is full time caring for a baby abandoned by its mother. The grandmother can't go out to work in this case. If they were foster parents they would be paid for doing it. Perhaps you could afford to take on the expense of bringing up a child, obviously this family can't. And any money they are entitled to is unlikely to cover more than the essentials. Have a little compassion please, you make it sound as if they're only doing it for the money.
[quote][p][bold]GroovyChick[/bold] wrote: I'm sorry, maybe its me, and I don't want to stir anything, but surely you wouldn't expect any money for looking after your own grandchildren - I know I wouldn't[/p][/quote]This isn't occasional babysitting, this is full time caring for a baby abandoned by its mother. The grandmother can't go out to work in this case. If they were foster parents they would be paid for doing it. Perhaps you could afford to take on the expense of bringing up a child, obviously this family can't. And any money they are entitled to is unlikely to cover more than the essentials. Have a little compassion please, you make it sound as if they're only doing it for the money. CJH
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