Ask Dr. Elia: Pregnant at 15 -- now what?

I recently received the following question:

Dear Dr. Elia,

Our 15-year-old granddaughter is pregnant and wants to keep the baby. The person that got her pregnant is only a boy himself. Her grandpa and I have custody of her and our other grandchildren. The parents are completely out of the picture (legal problems and addictions). We never planned on raising anyone else besides our children. We love our grandkids and would do anything for them, but we're not going to raise a great-grandchild. That's way too much for us. So, what are our options? We would appreciate any advice you might have.

Thank you,
Loving Grandparents

Dear Loving Grandparents,

First of all let me say I have the greatest admiration for what you're already doing -- nobody plans on raising more kids after they've already raised their own. They plan on enjoying their golden years, traveling, visiting their grandkids and finding joy in their posterity. The fact that you willingly stepped forward to raise another generation of kids says so much about your loving nature. Your sacrifice for your grandchildren is above and beyond the call of duty. There are many blessings waiting for you in heaven!

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