Sound off: Should a 6-year-old be Evicted from Her Grandparents’ Home?

Posted November 6, 2009 by

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Grandparents in Lagos, Florida are fighting to keep their 6 year-old grand daughter Kimberly from being evicted from their retirement community.

They have been caring for Kimberly for five years, since her drug-addicted mother was forced to give up custody. Her grandparents, Jimmie and Judy Stottler, have been trying to sell their home in the retirement community (reducing the price from $225,000 to $129,000) but there are still no takers. There is now a very real possibility that if a judge decides Kimberly can’t stay that she will be placed in a foster home and lose the only parents she’s ever really known.

Millions of grandparents are raising their grandkids across North America. It’s hard for me to understand the lack of compassion this retirement community is showing the Stottler’s. I’m sure they have their reasons, but…really? They’d rather force a child into foster care than give these people a break?

Where do you stand on this issue? Should Kimberly be evicted, or should the judge rule in favor of the Stottler’s?


Elisabeth Wilkins is the editor of Empowering Parents and the mother of an 10-year-old son. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including Mothering, Motherhood (Singapore), Hausfrau, The Bad Mother Chronicles, and The Japan Times. Elisabeth holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine.

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