A bond between a grandmother and her grandchild is sacred and when that bond is tested due to family fallouts or other issues, it’s not easy to face the reality: grandparents are not always granted visitation rights.
Susan Hoffman, advocate for grandmother’s rights, began the Advocates for Grandparent-Grandchild Connection non-profit organization and has written a book about the role that grandparents play in a child’s life and focuses on the laws that exist regarding grandparents’ rights.
When Hoffman faced a challenge regarding her rights to visit her grandchildren, instead of accepting the law, Hoffman changed it.
Through time and dedication, Hoffman worked closely with Assemblyman Van Tran who authored Assembly Bill AB 2517 and guided the bill to Governor Schwarzenegger who signed it into law in August 2006.
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The bill allows grandparents to petition the court for visitation after a stepparent adoption.
Kathy Gorlick, counselor at La Mesa Jr. High, became interested in Hoffman’s advocacy when she found herself in a situation that limited her time with her grandchildren.
The support group for grandparents that Hoffman offers in Corona Del Mar will be available to Santa Clarita residents by Gorlick. Gorlick, with experience in running groups and a background in family and marriage counseling will offer the grandparent-grandchild connection support group at Heart of the Canyons Church once a month.
Gorlick says the goal of this support group is to guide grandparents in the right direction when they are cut off from their grand children and also give others the support that is desperately needed in situations like this.
“You don’t know a lot of people going through this, but when you get involved with something like this, all of a sudden you find that you’re not alone,” said Gorlick.
The first support group is this Saturday at Heart of the Canyons Church located at 21618 Golden Triangle Road #201 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
If you are interested, and you would like to learn more, contact Kathy Gorlick at (661) 714-2787 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
For more information on the Advocates for Grandmother-Grandchild connection non-profit, click here.