Letter: Last to be helped, first asked to help

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Thanks for the wonderful reporting in the Oct. 30 story “Second parenthood a grand challenge.” For those of us who have raised grandchildren, or are there now, you can’t imagine what you signed up for. The trend seems to be going that way now and we really appreciate when someone recognizes the sacrifices that we go through.

But why don’t the courts, child protection agencies and people making laws afford us the same courtesy? Why do lobbyists and politicians like for grandparents to have no rights or decision-making powers on grandchildren, but when it comes time to place these children into the system, we are the obvious choice?

Carol Kube

Fort St. John, British Columbia