Don't let children suffer - Grant legal rights for all family members of a deceased parent

Don't let children suffer - Grant legal rights for all family members of a deceased parent

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Jennifer Benjamin started this petition to Senator David Perdue

We are reaching out for all others to support what we feel is a necessity in a child's growth and development after losing a parent. We lost our brother in August 2019 very unexpectedly. We saw signs of weight loss and exhaustion, but no one knew to what extreme that meant. Our brother, Stephen Nolan was  just 35 years young, healthy, lean and normal (to the outside); yet, died instantly due to a heart arrhythmia caused from Graves Disease. He has a son, Tyson, who is now 6 years old, but at that time, was 4 turning 5 in less than 2 months. These two had a bond that is indescribable. Best friends, and the most amazing father/son duo one has ever seen. Stephen lived with my husband and I for almost 2 yrs of his son's life. I, Jennifer Nolan Benjamin, as his aunt, love him unconditionally and he has looked at me as a mother figure as he's grown up. My sister, Lisa Pruitt, has also had a very consistent and loving relationship with Tyson since he was born. She too loves him unconditionally,  His biological mother, although still in the picture, has never truly taken care of her kids. They've essentially lived with her parents or my brother & I (Jennifer). Since our brother passed away, and even before, Tyson (our nephew) has always been around and heavily involved with our family. Including, my sister and I getting him every other weekend since our brother passed. We are the only consistent thing in his life and provide him the memory of his daddy.  His mom recently got upset about a potentially violent situation towards Tyson from someone she knew, and out of spite, has now completely taken away any visitation or communication between Tyson and our family. The current law states that only grandparents have rights if one parent dies. And even that is limited to 24 hours a month and not guaranteed. No other family members have legal rights, regardless of the situation. So not only did this little boy lose his dad and best friend, his mother and the law are allowing her to now take away his family that has basically raised him since birth. None of this is fair and all it does is hurt the child even further. We'd like to make a movement to change to law in this regard. Our proposal is that if a parent dies, his/her family should be able to step in and assume parental visitation to ensure that child continues their development and reduces further trauma.  

PLEASE Help us here. That little angel is the sweetest little boy ever and is now not only losing his daddy and best friend, the mom is trying to take away the next closest thing to him, his dad's family! 

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