A local African-American woman who has waged more than a decade-long battle to obtain custody of her grandchildren who are under the supervision of the state Department of Human Services is calling out for community support.
Carollynn F. Smith is the chief executive officer and president of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a non-profit she started in 2000 after her grandchildren were removed from her daughter’s custody due to alleged child neglect.
Five of the daughter’s seven children were placed in Smith’s home, but two others were not.
“I’ve tried on several occasion in contacting DHS as well as Child Protective Services and to date continue to have my questions go unanswered in getting my grandchildren home where they belong,” Smith said.
Her organization will host a community meeting on Monday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ockley Green School auditorium, 6031 N. Montana. You can get more information by calling 503-309-2146, 503-285-6312 or visiting grgchildren.org.