Grandparents may be responsible for the care of grandchildren through a casual agreement with parents. However, there are times when it is necessary or desirable for a grandparent to become a grandchild's legal custodian. Under Louisiana family laws, grandparents may be awarded guardianships or obtain temporary provisional or full legal custody – even adoption is possible.
Many Baton Rouge families, like others throughout the country, don't follow a stereotypical pattern of two parents with children. Grandparents and other non-parent relatives can play a crucial and very direct role in a child's life.