Academic journal article Care Management Journals

Locating My Oldest Grandchild

Academic journal article Care Management Journals

Locating My Oldest Grandchild

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Time has a way of passing so swiftly, and the last time I had laid eyes on Sheldon was when he was 18 and living with his paternal grandmother in Georgia. Since his mother passed in 1973, Sheldon had been with his father, who was making a career as an army officer and was stationed in Germany.

As his maternal grandmother, I applied for Social Security benefits after his mother's death and was accepted, but when my ex son-in-law was notified, he informed Social Security he would not accept anything. He could support his child. I was informed by Social Security that their hands were tied about this matter; however, the child could apply for back benefits upon reaching age 18. I notified his paternal grandmother and, upon reaching that age, Sheldon applied and received back benefits from age 13, which enabled him to attend college. I learned this after finding him.

The paternal grandmother passed, and I was unable to contact anyone to give information on the whereabouts of my grandson. Years went by, and one day, looking through some old letters, I found Sheldon's Social Security number. I immediately wrote a letter to Social Security, giving his date of birth, mother and father's name, and his name and Social Security number and asked if they could locate my oldest grandchild. I received a letter from Social Security shortly after, asking me to write a letter to Sheldon and they would forward it to him. This was done.

After a period of a month or so, my telephone rang and the voice of a man on the other end said, "Hello, is this Grandma? …

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