Denise Dozier Melton
Denise Dozier Melton

I am going through a case that could be some new case law. My son signed his rights over to his daughter so she could be adopted by her step-father. My son had some issues to say the least. This information was kept from me until it was too late to turn back on the adoption. Federal law says adoption severes all ties, grandparent laws says ties are severed only if the child is adopted by someone other than a relative or a step-parent. The problem is the ties were severed by adoption...

I am going through a case that could be some new case law. My son signed his rights over to his daughter so she could be adopted by her step-father. My son had some issues to say the least. This information was kept from me until it was too late to turn back on the adoption. Federal law says adoption severes all ties, grandparent laws says ties are severed only if the child is adopted by someone other than a relative or a step-parent. The problem is the ties were severed by adoption first. I was getting to see my granddaughter up until the adoption was final and was told they would never keep her from me. Prior to the adoption they were not denying me visitation so I had no grounds to file, after the adoption they stopped visitation and itw was too late. I plan to take this as far as I have to go. I am the Executive Director of a very well know child advocacy Center in TN, Cumberland Children's Center- House of Hope. who better than to take this as far as it needs to go to expose the flaw in the state law when parents use deceptive measures to work around the laws. I am ready and will need much support if it goes that far. If you will help me please email me with letters and petitions please email me at [email protected] or you can find me on FB Denise Dozier Melton.

Billie Sims
Billie Sims
  • Denise Dozier Melton

You got mine girl, Go for it and I will be praying!

Gary Mckenzie
Gary Mckenzie
  • Denise Dozier Melton

You know you have all my support and help!

Elizabeth Newton
Elizabeth Newton
  • Denise Dozier Melton

Let me see what I can find in case law for you.

Ruth Brown McCoy
Ruth Brown McCoy
  • Denise Dozier Melton

Tell me what to do and say.

Tina Sherrill Bolin
Tina Sherrill Bolin
  • Denise Dozier Melton

Just let me know exactly wwhat you need Denise.

Denise Dozier Melton
Denise Dozier Melton
  • Denise Dozier Melton

Thank you, and when and if it comes to letters and petittions I will be be calling on all my friends ...thank you!!! I may not see the change before my granddaguther turns 18 but I will do what I have to do to make sure this doesn't happen to another grandparent becasue it has been the most hurtful thing I have ever had to endure.

Lillie Burrell
Lillie Burrell
  • Denise Dozier Melton

I agree grandparents should have rights to their grandchildren. But I believe that'd they shouldn't be able to use the law, & a political friendship, maliciously as has happened to us. I feel that there should be a notation that grandparents cannot have custody of their grandchild/grandchildren unless both parents are perfectly & legally unfit. Not just a because-I-feel-like-it decision. There has been too much pain, confusion & destroying of lives because of this on our side of the...

I agree grandparents should have rights to their grandchildren. But I believe that'd they shouldn't be able to use the law, & a political friendship, maliciously as has happened to us. I feel that there should be a notation that grandparents cannot have custody of their grandchild/grandchildren unless both parents are perfectly & legally unfit. Not just a because-I-feel-like-it decision. There has been too much pain, confusion & destroying of lives because of this on our side of the legal fence. There needs to be a specific law to control both our types of situations.

Denise Dozier Melton
Denise Dozier Melton
  • Denise Dozier Melton

Not wanting custody just visits like we used to have.

Ali Sillah
Ali Sillah

Some grandparents give maximum support n love to their grandchild. Not all of them ignore their children.

Jane Boyer Shaver
Jane Boyer Shaver

What Is It About Grandparents That Is So Lovely? I'd Like To Say That Grandparents Are God's Gifts To Children. And If They Can But See, Hear And Feel What These People Have To Give, They Can Mature At A Fast Rate. ~Bill Cosby

Deb Gant
Deb Gant

my grandparents were my best friends, my only stability amidst parents divorce, and if I had not been able to rely on them, to have their love and acceptance, I don't know where I would be. all children deserve grandparents.

Donna Cox Chambers
Donna Cox Chambers

Grandparents have a GOD given right to see their grandchildren. Grandchildren are being robbed by being denied the joy of their grandparents, and both sides of their families.

Jonathan-Erica Pierce Clark

Ok I have a question, if this petition goes thru it could enable grandparents to fight for their grandchildren. But what if the parents are good parents and the grandparent just doesn't agree on every aspect of raising them (which most don't) so the grandparent could make up a bunch of stuff against the parents to get the grandchild. I believe grandparents have a right to see their grandchildren but then again as a parent myself I feel my rights exceed grandma and grandpa. God gave me my...

Ok I have a question, if this petition goes thru it could enable grandparents to fight for their grandchildren. But what if the parents are good parents and the grandparent just doesn't agree on every aspect of raising them (which most don't) so the grandparent could make up a bunch of stuff against the parents to get the grandchild. I believe grandparents have a right to see their grandchildren but then again as a parent myself I feel my rights exceed grandma and grandpa. God gave me my children and we are doing our best to seek God in how we teach and raise them. So my thought is what about the grandparents who just want to stir up trouble cause they dont like the daughter/son in law then what? I am not trying to over think this but I feel we have enough law in our lives if we would all turn to God and let him take care of things it would be a much better place to live but instead the world wants to hurt cheat and steal and sue everybody they get a chance to sue. It's just not right. Grandparents, love your children and children love your parents and when you have children of your own raise them right, and grandparents let your children raise their children it's only fair.

Jonathan-Erica Pierce Clark
Jonathan-Erica Pierce Clark
  • Jonathan-Erica Pierce Clark

Just my thoughts anyway :-)

Linda Bennett
Linda Bennett

These precious little ones depends on grandparents to look out for them ..

Alice Riley
Alice Riley
  • Linda Bennett

Grandparents use to have right! I don't know what happened to that law...Relatives need rights!! I'm just a Great Aunt! Convince my heart!

Heidi Poore
Heidi Poore

Friends, maybe this will help loving grandparents who can't see their grandchildren. I can't imagine not being able to see mine.

Barbara Biggers
Barbara Biggers
  • Heidi Poore

Thank you Heidi....we continue to lean on the Lord....

Connie King Brooks
Connie King Brooks

Grandparents rights should be allowed in all states.

Lon Gravett
Lon Gravett
  • Connie King Brooks

Thanks Connie!!!

Tony Kilgore
Tony Kilgore

No grandchild should be denied the emotional support and love of their grandparents. When parents divorce, the children need love and support from ALL family, especially grandparents. Childrens' emotions are so fragile. Divorce creates much instability in the life of a child. Grandparents can provide the much needed love, comfort and support for children during these trying and troubling times. If you agree, please support this cause by signing this petition.

Tony Kilgore
Tony Kilgore
  • Tony Kilgore

I support this cause because I have personally seen how important it is for a child of divorce to receive love and support from both sides of the family. My daughter and son-in-law are going through divorce and my grandaughter, although emotionally affected, has adjusted very well because of the love and support she has received from ALL of her family. I am proud of her parents for not creating MORE instability by withholding the love and support she receives from her grandparents on BOTH sides of the family.

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