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Petitioning State of Washington

Grant visitation rights to grandparents

Think it can't happen to you? Right now Washington State does not recognize the rights of grandparents to their grandchildren. Grandparents can be such an Integral part of a childs life. They can provide additional love, support and stability for the child. If your son or daughter dies and the "in-law" retains custody of the child, they have the right to not allow you, the grandparent, to see your grandchild. There is nothing, no law in Washington State, that says they have to allow you to see them. Even if the parents divorce and the "in-law" obtains custody, this ruling stands. If your son or daughter isn't allowed to see your grandchild, you won't be either. Unless the grandchild is legally old enough to make their own decisions, the grandparents have no rights to see them. I have a 3-1/2 year old grandson that I am not allowed to see because of this ruling. He was a year old the last time I saw him. There is currently, in the House Rules Committee, House Bill 2193 that addresses this issue. However, it stalled and never reached the floor for voting. There is also an organization called GROWS (Grandparents Rights Of Washington State) that is fighting for grandparents rights. Please, this issue needs to be addressed. There are way too many grandparents, and grandchildren, that are being denied a whole new world of love and caring. Let's make the government of Washington State take notice to us, the grandparents. Let us make them give us our rights to see our grandchildren!

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