October 25, 2012
Re "A migration in reverse," Oct. 21 The case of American teenager Luis Martinez and his younger sister, who were taken to Mexico by their grandmother, was not one of children adrift because their parents had been deported. This is the story of a U.S. citizen who, when her husband was deported, took her young grandchildren - U.S. citizens both - to a country where they lacked basic survival skills. This resulted in having to smuggle those children through a desert to return them to their country of origin, where they received assistance from the Mormon Church as well as disability benefits, the same things the grandmother probably would have received had she kept them all in Utah.
November 8, 1998 |
Stretching her arms as if to encompass her entire brand-spanking-new two-bedroom apartment, 70-year-old Vera Sanders declared that it was time to update the adage that "it takes a village" to raise a child. "Maybe," she mused, "it takes this whole building to raise a grandchild." Sanders and her 14-year-old grandson, John, last month settled into what is thought to be the nation's first subsidized housing for grandparents raising grandchildren.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2000 |
Each year, about 300 foster teens in Orange County reach the age of 18 and are "emancipated" into the real world. But freedom has a cost. Typically, the teenagers hold poor-paying jobs, have little or no job history and no credit rating. For landlords, especially in Orange County's tight rental market, those are red flags on any rental application, said Supervisor Cynthia P. Coad, who believes she has a better idea.
February 14, 1993 |
It was just another tragedy in family court. A young crack mother, desperate to conceal her pregnancy, had locked herself in a tenement bathroom and given birth to a three-pound boy. As she pushed, he fell to the floor and broke his skull. The mother abandoned him, like she had two previous babies. All were born addicted to crack. "Can we do anything about this woman?" asks Judge Judith Sheindlin, her voice taut with anger.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2001 |
Free services in education, transportation, recreation and other areas of care-giving will soon be available to those raising relatives' children through the Children's Bureau of Southern California. According to the bureau, the number of children placed with relatives, usually grandparents, represents 38% of the foster-care population in Orange County.
July 4, 1993
Grandparents seeking help raising second or third families can turn to: Grandparents as Parents (GAP) 2801 Atlantic Ave. Long Beach 90801 (310) 424-4227 Contact: Edith Nabors * Assn. of African-American Grandmothers 313 N. Figueroa St., Room 227 Los Angeles 90012 (310) 649-4588 Contact: Lois Walters * L.A. County Department of Children's Services Grandparent/Kinship Care Program 3160 W. 6th St.