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trosie Sun 02-Aug-15 12:55:40

Hi there,
I've joined this site as a solo parent (44yrs) to a beautiful nearly 3 yr old, in the hope that I can find her a grandma / grandpa... I think there are many others in my position, who would also love to adopt grandparents, to help care for their children, where there is no grandparental support available. I live in Eastbourne, but considering a move to Sedlescombe / Hastings way, so ideally would like someone relatively close. Someone who clicks with our family, has a zest and energy for life and time to spend with me and my small child, building a relationship, so that I also have an emergency contact locally. I currently wouldn't know who I could contact if god forbid I became unwell for any reason, so it's a huge worry to have a very small dependent, with no support network and again, I should think there are many single mothers in the same boat, who would love to find a support network through meeting a grandma / grandpa or both, who could nurture their kids, which would provide a 2 way relationship support, as I'm sure there are also lots of grandparents, who either don't have grandchildren, or live far away from them, who miss this type of relationship and support system x I have a very attached style of parenting, so want someone to be more like a family member to enjoy time altogether, until my child connects / builds a strong bond, which may aid going out alone, but primarily it's about building a 'family' network locally xx Tiffany. I'm also into naturopathy and alternative health, trained as a Holistic Practitioner and Healer, so a like minded interest would be great, but not essential.

whitewave Sun 02-Aug-15 17:25:53

Quite a commitment for someone. I wish you luck with your search.

harrigran Sun 02-Aug-15 18:38:36

Do be careful, not everyone reading this may be a nice white haired old lady. Are you looking for free childcare ?

Nelliemoser Sun 02-Aug-15 20:46:27

I am sorry but there are people out there who go out of their way to befriend single mothers to get at their children.

I think you need to be extremely careful. You need to make friends with people and get to know them well before you even think of having them as virtual grandparents.

rosesarered Sun 02-Aug-15 21:07:34

Agree with nelliemoser, this could be a recipe for disaster, be very careful.

Nanabelle Sun 02-Aug-15 23:26:09

If you are looking for a support network, I think you should find other mums with young children and develop friendships with them. There are so many groups run for young toddlers these days where you can meet other parents and your little one can play with other children. When my children were young, they rarely saw their grandparents as we live on an island but we would meet older people at church or in the village and would smile and chat with them.
As the others say, be very careful. Your child is the most precious little one and you would not want anything untoward to come from meeting up with strangers from the internet.

grandfriend Tue 18-Aug-15 14:21:40

don't be so negative people.

Anya Tue 18-Aug-15 14:30:52

It's a nice thought trosie and I wish you luck in your search. I can see where you're coming from, but don't expect free childcare if that is your prime aim.

Where are your daughter's natural grandparents in all this?

elena Tue 18-Aug-15 15:21:51

Trosie, where are you? What do you think of the responses so far?

grandfriend Fri 28-Aug-15 14:06:39

Its already been proved its an excellent idea to have surrogate grandparenting its a very good idea.

Rosi Mon 19-Sep-16 19:14:20

Hi Trosie, I came across this thread in looking for something else (for my Mum) but just wondered what/ where you ended up moving to? I am in St Lens with a 3.5 yr old daughter and would be happy to meet up/ introduce you to people. x

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Mon 19-Sep-16 19:22:57

We've had a few mails from concerned gransnetters worried that freelance 'adopt a granny' schemes could present some safeguarding issues. We know gransnetters are a lovely bunch, but please remember that some older people are vulnerable adults. To be completely safe it might be best to approach this sort of thing via a registered charity that works with older people and has appropriate safeguards in place.

DaphneBroon Mon 19-Sep-16 19:47:18

Could I add please do not give away any information on open forum (more than a vague location, and absolutely no pictures or even hint of names) these threads are open to all and tricksters and others of their ilk can be very ingenious in identifying vulnerable people.

Elegran Mon 19-Sep-16 19:47:51

Not negative, grandfriend, just careful. It can be a very positive experience for both when older people befriend children, and no-one wants to deprive either of them.

However, there ARE nasty people out there who would just love to link up with a trusting family of young children - or with a lonely older person. Ignoring that fact is like not putting on a seatbelt because you are a careful driver and never have accidents. The facility to check is there, like the facility to wear a seatbelt, so use it.

TrishW Fri 16-Nov-18 12:13:22

Trosie I fully understand your need to search for a Grandma for yoyr LO. I have recently found a perfect Grandma for my daughter. But it’s not for childcare reasons, it’s because this lady just adores my daughter and has become a fan of all the baby pics I post on FB and she’s actually been a family friend on my husbands side for years and she has no grandchildren of her own and would love to be so I’d like to do this for her. She lives close by and I’m just buying all the little gifts to present to her shortly to ask if she’ll be my LO’s Grandma. So fingers crossed she says yes. I know my search has been made easier for me as I know her but if you look in the right places you may find one too. There are official sites offering this service so it’s not unheard of. Incidentally what has happened to your daughter’s father’s family? Any links there still?