Rikki Gillum says she is the new face of the changing American family. She’s raising her two grandchildren.
“I’m a 40-something-year-old grandmother, so I’m relatively young as a grandparent, and I certainly didn’t see this phase of my life being as it is.”
Gillum’s two daughters became pregnant in college. She stepped in and cared for the children while her daughters continued their education. But now Gillum is concerned about other Texas grandparents out there. She says they could soon be shut out.
Here’s the issue: currently, the state statute makes it easy for grandparents to gain permanent custody of their grandkids. But Texas House Bill 2084 currently being debated would strike that rule, leaving grandparents with little or no rights. Gillum thinks the statute shouldn’t change.
But state representative Phil King says grandparents have become too powerful and some are abusive with the law. That’s why he’s wants to end their right to sue for custody or visitation with House Bill 2084.
Sarah James is a new parent. She feels allowing grandparents to take a child isn’t fair without solid evidence of an unfit parent.
“They should have to prove that there is neglect going on in the home.”
House Bill 2084 is out of the committee and waiting on action by the legislature. In addition to King the bill is being supported by home school parents in Texas.
More about her organization: http://grandecoalition.ning.com/