Geri, a natal grandmother

“Geri” is also a natal grandmother who hoped to get custody of her grandchildren. She self-identified as a married Caucasian, in her late 40s or early 50s, working class, living off a joint income of under $50,000 annually, in a prairie state. Like most of the family...

Darlene, a natal grandmother

“Darlene” self-identified as a white, female in her early 60s, whose experience with foster care was in the Midwest. Her two grandchildren were placed in kinship care and foster families. Her family was living on a working class income. Her partner or spouse was...

Tammy, a natal grandmother

“Tammy” shares her story as a grandmother in her early 50s who tried to get her child to give her custody of her two grandchildren. She doesn’t make much money, but is confident that she could have cared better for her grandchildren than the state has. She does not...

Stacy, a natal grandmother

Two of “Stacy’s” four grandchildren were in foster care. She is a nurse and her husband does freelance work, and they live a working class lifestyle. Her primary frustrations are to do with cultural differences that were suppressed in the system. She does not feel...

Marcia, a grandmother

“Marcia” writes as a 70-year-old grandmother about how her grandchildren ended up in foster care. Her son-in-law left her grandchildren strapped into their carseats with the windows down while he ran into the Department of Human Services to use the restroom. This was...