XX I Wanna Go Home with Music Final

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IWanna Go Home… : 

IWanna Go Home…

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“Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being…:  ~Margaret Mead

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I WANNA GO HOME is being produced to draw attention to one of the most vital, yet overlooked, struggles taking place in our society today – the struggle for: GRANDPARENT’S Rights

According to the U.S. Census Bureau: “Relatives regularly provide child care to almost half [47%]of the more than 19 million preschoolers” : 

According to the U.S. Census Bureau: “Relatives regularly provide child care to almost half [47%]of the more than 19 million preschoolers”

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…among the 11.3 million children younger than 5 – 49% are cared for by a grandparent… on a regular basis

37% of the population, over the age of 50 (that’s 130+ million people) nearly 70% of them are grandparents : 

37% of the population, over the age of 50 (that’s 130+ million people) nearly 70% of them are grandparents

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8.5 million Grandparents are legally being prevented from visiting or seeing their grandchildren.

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Parents Rights or Grandparents Rights ITS ABOUT THE CHILDREN And, when you stop and think about it, its NOT about:

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DIVORCE DEATH NEGLECT ABUSE WHATEVER OR WHOMEVER GETS BLAMED – PROBABLY ISN’T EVEN CLOSE TO BEING THE “REAL” REASON…

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It’s generally “something else” that causes all the pain and suffering for more than 60 million Americans today.

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And, its an issue that is increasing in relevance… since all 50 states have enacted “grandparent’s rights laws” – most allow for grandparent visits… But, when parents oppose the visits… they can prevent them.

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Six Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court sided with parents over grandparents… arguing that: “… so long as the child is NOT being harmed, the United States Constitution gives parents a fundamental right to raise their children without governmental interference.”

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Even though all states have enacted some form of stature, giving grandparents rights… the scope varies significantly between states – approximately 40% have very restrictive visitation statutes. Which takes us to the very HEART of our story…

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You see, Jerry (our main character) never thought anything like that would – or could – happen to him. And, when it did – he thought he was the only one. But he came to find that he was just another “orphaned grandfather. How could grand-parenting – such a normal part of the life cycle – be so fragile?

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Disenfranchised grandparents are part of an increasing population in these fractured families… who are UNREASONABLY being denied … visitation with their grandchildren, by the parent(s)

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And… these circumstances can affect anyone… there is no discrimination. Who you are doesn’t matter – to the law… ABUSER ENABLERS WHY? HOW?

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Grandparent’s Rights encompass Children’s Rights. Indeed, children should have the right to maintain a loving relationship with their grandparents – no matter what's going on with their parents.

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Our story brings to light the tragic reality that children are being treated as “PROPERTY” – and that this story is only one man’s journey of self-discovery as he wades into uncharted legislative, legal and unrewarding territory.

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Our Grand Wish Is that the special – deeply significant bond between grandparent and grandchild will – by telling this story – bring a new awareness to the problem… and, help preserve and revere one of the most precious of all relationships – that of Grandchild to Grandparent. I WANNA GO HOME…

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