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Inside E Street Highlights Grandparents

Posted By Amy Goyer On August 11, 2011 @ 10:48 am In Take Care | No Comments

I recently had the pleasure of joining my long-time friend and colleague Jaia Peterson Lent [1], Deputy Executive Director at Generations United [2], for a discussion on AARP’s TV show, Inside E Street [3]which provides a civil look at issues critical to Americans. We talked about a topic we both feel very passionate about: grandparents. Inside E Street’s host, Lark McCarthy [4], was fabulous (I remember watching her on the local DC TV station so it was great to meet her in person!). In this segment, Grandparents on a Mission [5], we had a lively discussion about the legal challenges facing grandparents who are seeking visitation [6] with grandchildren and about the financial, health, legal and other tough issues that grandparent caregivers [7]wrestle with every day.

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Pat Owens and her grandson, Michael (photo provided by Pat Owens)

Inside E Street included very moving profiles of two of my favorite grandparents on a mission: Pat Owens, who is raising a grandson and is co-founder of Grandfamilies of America [9], and Brigitte Castellano, who had the heartbreak of not being able to see her grandchildren for many years and is co-founder of the National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights [10]. Both of these grandmothers are dear friends and colleagues. They inspire me and their activism reminds me that often great change and progress can come from personal heartbreak and pain.

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Brigitte Castellano, Grandparent and Advocate (photo provided by Brigitte Castellano)

Read more about Pat, Brigitte and four other grandparents in my column [12]that profiles 6 of my heroes. I know they’ll inspire you too…they are all extraordinary.


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URLs in this post:

[1] Jaia Peterson Lent: http://www.gu.org/ABOUTUS/OurTeam/JaiaPetersonLent.aspx

[2] Generations United: http://www.gu.org/

[3] Inside E Street : http://www.aarp.org/tv-radio/inside-e-street/

[4] Lark McCarthy: http://www.aarp.org/tv-radio/inside-e-street/lark-mccarthy/

[5] Grandparents on a Mission: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/friends-family/info-05-2011/grandparents-on-a-mission.html

[6] visitation: http://www.aarp.org/relationships/grandparenting/info-05-2009/goyer_grandparent_visitation.html

[7] grandparent caregivers : http://www.aarp.org/relationships/grandparenting/info-12-2010/more_grandparents_raising_grandchildren.html

[8] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/pat-owens-and-grandson-michael-owens.jpg

[9] Grandfamilies of America: http://www.grandfamiliesofamerica.org/

[10] National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights: http://www.grandparentsforchildren.org/

[11] Image: http://aarpblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/brigitte-castellano_crop.jpg

[12] my column : http://www.aarp.org/relationships/grandparenting/info-03-2011/grandparent-advocates.html

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