surrogate parent

Surrogate Parents

Grand Relationships

As a divorce and family mediator, I’ve been contacted by grandparents or other surrogate parenting figures who have been extremely involved in children’s lives, assuming many parental duties that the parents did not perform. Many factors contribute to the shift in responsibilities: sheer love & joy of having grandkids; the biological parent’s drug problem; financial inability to provide; career obligations; mental illness; etc.

Friends are the Family We Create for Ourselves

Friends are family we create for ourselves

About ten years ago, a friend sent a greeting card to me that said, “Friends are the family we create for ourselves.” I had never thought about creating a new family - one of my choosing - although I had built strong and deep friendships over the years. This new identification of my inner circle of friends as “family” changed the way I viewed their role in my life.