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Would You Adopt a Grandparent For Your Child?

Some grandparents play a central role in their grandchildren's lives — doling out stories of previous generations, providing childcare or even indulging their descendants in the goodies that their parents forbid. Other youngsters grow up not having the opportunity to meet the relatives that predeceased them and lacking those familial relationships that tie the past to the future. To fill this void, one European agency is partnering up parties in need. The report said:

An elderly care unit in a small Polish community has offered to rent out pensioners to locals desperate for the kind of help and love that only a grandparent can offer.

The Silesia University's unit for elderly launched the project "Grandmothers and grandfathers to be hired and loved" in the small southern town of Raciborz earlier this year and has so far found new families for three women.

Would you take part in a similar program if it was available in your area?

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Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
0.0 Oh. My. Gosh. I joke about going grandparent shopping everyday (I love old people and babies) because I only have one grandparent while my other siblings and family members had at least two or three. I never thought there would be a thing like this though.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
preferably, i pray my parents and inlaws are well enough to be my (future) kids grandparents. but the occasional spoiling by the community 'elders' never hurts! lol
vmruby vmruby 8 years
No.... nothing beats the real thing.
sarahinparis sarahinparis 8 years
It is odd to think of "renting" a grandparent. But such an arrangement could really be beneficial for a child and the "grandparent". Older people have a lot of wisdom to share and can be more patient having had kids of their own (though I do know some pretty grouchy old people) and I'm sure any elderly person could really use some extra money. However, it would take a long, long time before I would trust them the same way I trust my mom with my kids. Its really not a bad idea though, my dad is MIA on the grandparenting scene and my husbands parents live in Europe, so it would be nice to find a replacement.
mstrauss mstrauss 8 years
I said No, but I do feel that if you do not have grandparents, you should be able to visit the elderly and create relationships without paying for it.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
I'm on the fence on this one, it could really be a great idea or a really creepy situation.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
Why pay for an elder person when you can just befriend some nice elderly people at your church.
skigurl skigurl 8 years
it doesn't seem like a bad idea but is a weird concept it's like hiring a pensioner as a babysitter or nanny or helper, provide them with income and their provide you with help, and you both provide each other with affection.....old people like kids around and kids like anyone who is gentle and kind to them and let them have their own way, so i could see this working, but the concept doesn't seem like it's being marketed properly
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