Daily Update February 9, 2016 - Proposed Georgia laws could help grandparents raise grandchildren
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Proposed Georgia laws could help grandparents raise grandchildren
ALVA JAMES-JOHNSON - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Child Protective Services removed Joe Ann Howe's two grandchildren from their mother's home about 16 years ago and placed them in the foster care system.
But Howe, then a resident of Woodland, Ga., didn't want strangers caring for her grandbabies, who were then 4 and almost 5 years old. So she filled out the necessary paperwork to have them placed in her custody.
From there, Howe faced a mountain of challenges, which included court battles with the children's birth mother, anger management counseling for her grandson and additional expenses for tutoring and medical care for health problems that went above and beyond what was covered by Medicaid.
These days Howe, a 67-year-old now living in Columbus, is just glad she was able to get the children through high school.
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