Where can grandparents get information
about their rights to visit or adopt their grandchildren?
Grandparents may obtain legal rights to children by
requesting legal visitation, custody or guardianship.
However, these are only granted in certain situations. The
Grandparent Rights section of the Senior Citizen Handbook on
the Missouri Bar Website
http://members.mobar.org/pdfs/publications/public/senior-citizens.pdf has more
information. These options should be further discussed with
If you need help finding an attorney, you may contact the
Missouri Bar Lawyer Referral Service at (573) 635-3635.
- In St. Louis
- In Kansas City
- In Springfield
A local Area Agency on Aging may also be able to provide information on options for grandparents as well. To find the one nearest you, link to http://moaging.com/AAA/directory.asp or call 1-800-235-5503.
Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Assistant Professor and
State Specialist, Human Development & Family Studies, Human
Environmental Sciences Extension, University of
Alison Levitch, Human Development & Family Studies Graduate Student, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009