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RoseRed135

The opioid crisis - Is it why you - or other grandparents you know of - are raising their grandchildren?... possible triggers...

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Are you raising your GC - or trying to get them out of foster care so you can - b/c of the opioid crisis/their parents are hooked on opioids (heroin, certain prescription drugs, etc.)? Or do you know anyone in this position? GP.com is featuring the following article about this issue on its FB page:

http://www.nextavenue.org/grandparents-kids-opioid-crisis/?utm_source=Grandparents

Thoughts?

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It's a good article for opening up the discussion about this crisis in our homes, communities, and national fabric. There is so much to it, however - the change in roles, the impact on other family relationships, impacts on worklife, friendships, health, and I could go on and on. Even without physical abuse and trauma in a child's life, the less obvious damage is devastating to come to grips with - distrust, premature independence, a negative outlook on the future, not to mention an anathema to anything resembling a vegetable, homework, and regular schedules. And what in all that is holy is Common Core? I'm finding a sense of humor is essential and a firm philosophy of picking your battles and choosing your timing is helping us get through these first few months since I got custody of my 9 yr old grandson. Thanks for sharing.

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5 hours ago, Marilee1011 said:

It's a good article for opening up the discussion about this crisis in our homes, communities, and national fabric. There is so much to it, however - the change in roles, the impact on other family relationships, impacts on worklife, friendships, health, and I could go on and on. Even without physical abuse and trauma in a child's life, the less obvious damage is devastating to come to grips with - distrust, premature independence, a negative outlook on the future, not to mention an anathema to anything resembling a vegetable, homework, and regular schedules. And what in all that is holy is Common Core? I'm finding a sense of humor is essential and a firm philosophy of picking your battles and choosing your timing is helping us get through these first few months since I got custody of my 9 yr old grandson. Thanks for sharing.

Hi again, Marilee!

Whew! Sounds like you have a lot to deal w/ as concerns GS. Bless you for stepping up the way you have! The boy has, obviously, been through a lot, and I'm so sorry about that. But TG he has you in his life!

Meanwhile, thank you for sharing w/ us what you've learned about/experienced regarding this situation. I'm sure there are other GPs here who can relate. Glad you found your way over here!

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It is why I have adopted my GD.

 

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