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Grandparents: The heart of the family

May 29, 2011
Salem News

As we've looked at Older Americans Month, the focus has been on grandparents who are responsible for the care of young grandchildren. Leta Johnson is the great-grandmother and her daughter, Sonia Mattern, the grandmother of three children, ages 5, 4 and 2-1/2 in their multi-generation home. Leta couldn't allow Children's Services to take the children and place them in foster care, or lacking foster families, placing them at risk by returning them to their mother who is unable to give them care they need. Leta sat down for this interview while Sonia was in court regarding the children's custody.



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