The grandmother, 74, has arthritis, and the grandfather, 76, has diabetes. They live in a small row home in Bethlehem. Both worked – the husband at the Steel and the wife in a factory – for 40 years. They now subsist on very small income from Social Security and the money the grandmother makes from babysitting. Both their son and his daughter are drug-addicted.
A few months ago, their granddaughter asked them to take in her newborn twins, whom she knew she couldn’t care for properly. Her grandparents were the only ones she could trust with the babies. They could not refuse to take in their great-grandchildren. For now, they can afford to feed them, but can’t afford cribs, bedding, or clothing.