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What information do grandparents need?

When you have custody of your grandchildren in Ohio, you may want to focus on raising the kids. However, you may not always think about some of the basics of having kids in the house. As you parent your grandchildren, it is important to make sure you have all of the relevant information.

When you take care of your grandchildren, you may sometimes forget that other people in the children's lives need to know about this change. The American Association of Retired Persons says it is a good idea to talk to teachers so they know the children have new caretakers. Teachers can help you understand how the kids are doing in school, as well as their extracurricular activities. You may also want to speak to pediatricians and other medical professionals so you know important details about your grandchildren's health. Sometimes social workers may play a role in children's lives and it is important to make sure these people know about the new custody situation.

When you first bring your grandchildren into your home, you usually do not have most of the important documents. However, it is important to have copies of the kids' birth certificates and medical records. Sometimes parents sign consent forms so you can make education and medical decisions for the kids, and you typically need these forms. Additionally, it is important to have custody papers and other documents that show your legal connection to the kids.

Sometimes you may not have some of the basic equipment you need when your grandchildren first move in. If your grandchildren are young, it is important to have a car seat appropriate for the child's age, weight and height. You may also have to get a crib and a stroller.

This information is general in nature. People should not use it in place of legal advice.

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