Our Mission Statement

Grandparents’ Rights of Washington State (GROWS) is an organization that serves as a resource portal for grandparents who are considering legal recourse to obtain visitation with their grandchildren. Additionally, GROWS is a support group to assist those in grief and sadness who are not able to visit their grandchildren. The most important consideration is the welfare and well-being of our grandchildren.”

About Us

Welcome to the Grandparents' Rights of Washington State (G.R.O.W.S.). We are a determined assemblage of loving grandparents who seek visitation with a grandchild or grandchildren when one or both parents have unreasonably and without cause severed the relationship with the child.

GOOD NEWS!!!!

Governor Inslee signs Grandparent Visitation Bill into Law

On March 22, 2018, Governor Inslee signed a bill that grants relatives, including but not limited to grandparents, the right to seek visitation with a child through the courts. The Grandparents’ Rights of Washington State (G.R.O.W.S.) organization would like to acknowledge Governor Inslee, Senator Jaime Pedersen (sponsor of Senate Bill 5598), and G.R.O.W.S. President Bob Rudolph for their long-term commitment to helping grandparents seek visitation rights to see their grandchildren. G.R.O.W.S. extends its appreciation to the legislators and G.R.O.W.S. members from across the state for their support to pass this legislation.
 • Governor Inslee Bill Signing Ceremony. Start at: Cue at 00:46:05
 • Spokane Public Radio Article on Bill Signing
 • Senate Bill 5598
Chapter 26.11 RCW. NONPARENTAL CHILD VISITATION—RELATIVES

 




OUR ACTION PLAN

 

Network with other Washington state grandparents

 

Alert other grandparents about GROWS and its goals

 

Join and/or attend GROWS meetings

 

Make donations to support GROWS publicity

Our rights

Grandparents' Rights
In 2000, Washington States visitation laws were dismantled by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Troxel vs. Granville when it ruled our laws "breathtakingly broad" and dictated that those laws unconstitutionally interfered with fundamental parental rights.

Through action by the Washington state legislature and Governor Inslee, new rules were adopted in 2018 in RCW Chapter 26.11. Current law grants relatives (for example, a grandparent) the right to seek visitation with the separated child through the courts.

If this applies to you or is the situation of someone you know, REACH OUT to one of the G.R.O.W.S. regional contacts to learn how to begin to gain and provide support.

G.R.O.W.S. was honored to work closely with our state legislators on the grandparent's visitation bill that constitutionally respects the rights of parents and offer grandparents recourse to petition for visitation.

We do not desire to undermine the fundamental rights of parents, but prefer there would be a fair and just means by which we as grandparents can reconnect with our grandchildren.

 

meetings


 

Join Us

Where we meet:

Location:
Poodle Dog Restaurant
1522 54th Ave E
Fife, WA 98424
 (253) 922-6161
 Just off of Exit 137 on I-5…go west one block, through light at Pacific Ave.; it’s on the left.

Please mark your Calendars.

We meet on the third Saturday of each month. 2:00pm
The next meetings are October 20 and November 17, 2018
We have a community page on Facebook (Grandparents Rights of Washington State – GROWS). The page announces meetings monthly and directs people to the website for contacts and further information. Like us on Facebook and start following us.



 

Resources

Listed below are several resources that may of help to you as Grandparents.
If you have other resources that might be of help to others please contact us so we can share.
National Grandparents Day

Chapter 26.11 RCW. NONPARENTAL CHILD VISITATION—RELATIVES
Washington State Courts Forms
Grandparents rights: State by State 
Caring Grandparent.com
Alienated  Grandparents  Anonymous Incorporated

 

 

 

CONTACTS

Listed below individual that may be in your area that are available to talk with you regarding your rights or answer any questions you may have in regards to being a grandparent.
All communications are private and confidential.

Team Leaders

 

Eastern Washington

Betsy
betsydeane@hotmail.com
(509)542-9891

Seattle Area

Mary Jo
mjs1030@gmail.com
(206)919-3514

Vancouver Area

Mary
Hardinmary71@gmail.com
(360) 213-9250



Food for thought...

Accompany their adult children or grandchildren to the doctor.
Accompany their adult children or grandchildren to the doctor.
64%
Accompany their adult children or grandchildren to the doctor.
62%
Have provided financial support to their adult children and grandchildren in the last 12 months:
55%
Think being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life
68%
Think being a grandparent is the single most important and satisfying thing in their life
72%
Say they can do a better job caring for grandchildren than they did with their own
63%
Enjoy talking about their grandkids to just about everyone
90%

Faqs

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights in Washington?

Grandparent Visitation in Washington
  (1) A person other than a parent may petition the court for visitation with a child at any time or may intervene in a pending dissolution, legal separation, or modification of parenting plan proceeding. A person other than a parent may not petition for visitation under this section unless the child's parent or parents have commenced an action under this chapter.
  (2) A petition for visitation with a child by a person other than a parent must be filed in the county in which the child resides.
  (3) A petition for visitation or a motion to intervene pursuant to this section shall be dismissed unless the petitioner or intervenor can demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that a significant relationship exists with the child with whom visitation is sought. If the petition or motion is dismissed for failure to establish the existence of a significant relationship, the petitioner or intervenor shall be ordered to pay reasonable attorney's fees and costs to the parent, parents, other custodian, or representative of the child who responds to this petition or motion.
  (4) The court may order visitation between the petitioner or intervenor and the child between whom a significant relationship exists upon a finding supported by the evidence that the visitation is in the child's best interests.
  (5)(a) Visitation with a grandparent shall be presumed to be in the child's best interests when a significant relationship has been shown to exist. This presumption may be rebutted by a preponderance of evidence showing that visitation would endanger the child's physical, mental, or emotional health.
      (b) If the court finds that reasonable visitation by a grandparent would be in the child's best interest except for hostilities that exist between the grandparent and one or both of the parents or person with whom the child lives, the court may set the matter for mediation under RCW
26.09.015 .
  (6) The court may consider the following factors when making a determination of the child's best interests:
      (a) The strength of the relationship between the child and the petitioner;
      (b) The relationship between each of the child's parents or the person with whom the child is residing and the petitioner;
      (c) The nature and reason for either parent's objection to granting the petitioner visitation;

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SOME INTERESTING FACTS

Grandparents love being Grandparents.

70%
SEE THEIR GRANDCHILDREN AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK
60%
LIVE NEAR THEIR GRANDCHILDREN
72%
TAKE CARE OF THEIR GRANDCHILDREN ON REGULAR BASIS
66%
TRAVEL WITH THEIR GRANDCHILDREN

Legislation Activity

Below are some of the current legislation dealing with grandparents rights.

 
 
 

Senate Bill 5598  AN UPDATE
 

GOOD NEWS

AN ACT Relating to granting relatives, including but not limited
to grandparents, the right to seek visitation with a child through
the courts; adding a new chapter to Title 26 RCW; and repealing RCW
26.09.240
 

On March 22, 2018, Governor Inslee signed a bill that grants relatives, including but not limited to grandparents, the right to seek visitation with a child through the courts.  The Grandparents’ Rights of Washington State (G.R.O.W.S.) organization would like to acknowledge Governor Inslee, Senator Jaime Pedersen (sponsor of Senate Bill 5598), and G.R.O.W.S. President Bob Rudolph for their long-term commitment to helping grandparents seek visitation rights to see their grandchildren.  G.R.O.W.S. extends its appreciation to the legislators and G.R.O.W.S. members from across the state for their support to pass this legislation.

 

Governor Inslee Bill Signing Ceremony.  Start at: Cue at 00:46:05
Spokane Public Radio Article on Bill Signing
          

To view complete bill as written click here for PDF
 

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If you are not a member of Grandparents' Rights of Washington State please go to the Contacts page and contact any GROWS representative for more information.

 

 

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