The best thing about being a grandparent is usually that you get all of the joy of having a child in your life without the same degree of obligation that comes with parenthood. Unfortunately, circumstances can arise that will leave adult children unable to care for their minor children, putting grandparents into a difficult situation.

What are some of the more common reasons that grandparents may have to step up and seek a guardianship of their grandchildren?

Drug addiction and alcoholism can impact parenting

Having a child can motivate some people to change their lifestyle, but some parents aren’t able to overcome their addictions. If your child is an alcoholic or addict, they may not be able to provide for their children and keep them safe.

Grandparents often help when parents go to jail

When there’s only one parent present in the lives of children and that parent is charged with a crime, that leaves their children in a very difficult situation. They could wind up in state care or foster homes because their parent isn’t available to care for them. Grandparents can step up to offer a home and stability for children already dealing with the trauma of a parent going to jail.

Sometimes illness or death separate children from their parents

If your child has a serious medical condition or if they have passed away, you may be the best person to step up and provide for your grandchildren indefinitely and give them the support and stability they need.

There are countless reasons, including abuse, housing struggles and more that could leave parents unable to provide for children properly. Grandparents have the option of serving as a guardian or possibly adopting their grandchildren in certain circumstances. An experienced attorney can help you explore your options.