Grandparents rights are important because when there is a substantial relationship between the grandparents and grandchild, which is then suddenly removed with no fault to either grandparents or grandchild, they both suffer from this loss of the bonding love they have with one another.
Grandparents should be allowed legal visitation rights when there is a substantial relationship with the grandchild/grandchildren that is healthy and beneficial for the child. This right should not be taken away over reasons that are uncalled for: death of a parent, divorce, foster care placement, or adoption.
This affects grandparents all over the United States of America, but Iowa is lacking in supporting grandparent rights, in particularly when DHS protectives services terminates parents rights. This may occur when the grandparents are unable to provide full care of the children because of age, illness, or disability. The children are losing their parents because of the parents supposably neglect, but they are also losing their substantial relationship with their grandparents too. If the adoptive family chooses not to allow the grandparents to carry on that relationship, it's unfair to both child and grandparent.
Imagine being the child's primary caretaker but not legal guardian, the child is well cared for and has a loving substantial relationship with the grandparents that's visible to all others. Because of a disability a permanent placement is not visible with the grandparents, but why should they lose all rights to the grandchild who will suffer from the loss? All children deserve to know their family history and not be treated as it don't exist.