Toward that end, there seem to be four consistent topics that pop up every time:
- How to get and keep custody of such children.
- How to pay for the upkeep of such children.
- How to function daily to raise such children, especially with the problems of aging, such as lower energy and physical imparity.
- Contact with the absent parent, especially when that parent has either been abusive or obnoxious to the caregiving relative.
Those are the four topics I shall cover at this point. If I have to delve off into my own extended family, I shall do so only on rare occasion and out of necessity. They really need no further attention.