A practical parenting guide for grandparents raising grandkids (as well as aunts, uncles, greats, and ‘ex’s’) when one, or both, birthparents struggle with alcohol and/or drug abuse. A frank discussion of legal issues such as adoption/guardianship/financial support, as well as school enrollment, counseling, and keeping kids safe. Extensive suggestions for helping children and teens deal with difficult questions, family-based school projects, visits with their parents including holidays and prison as well as supervised versus unsupervised contact. Joan Callander Dingle, and her adopted grandson Chad Dingle (now 24), talk openly about their own experiences and helping youth understand that their parents are responsible for their own choices.
Audience: Grandparent, Parent