Grandma Raising Her Grandson Talks About the Importance of Family

Donaniece is grateful she has been able to provide a safe home that allows her grandson to stay connected to his family.

Denalee Chapman June 13, 2016

Millions of children in the United States live in a home where the grandparent is the head of the house. Many of these grandparents become legal guardians, and some become adoptive parents to their grandchildren.

Donaniece is the legal guardian of her grandson. It hasn’t been easy, but she’s grateful it has worked out. To other family members, other grandparents, Donaniece says, “Don’t give up.  Don’t take no for an answer. No is not an option. It’s easy for someone on the outside to tell you not to pursue it, but go with your heart.”

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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