WL grandmother hoping to help other grandparents raising grandchildren

A local grandmother is hoping to help other grandparents raising grandchildren.
A local grandmother is hoping to help other grandparents raising grandchildren.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A West Lafayette grandmother is hoping to help other grandparents in our community.

She lost her son in 2013 and is now raising her 6-year-old grandson. Gabriel, 6, is proud of his artwork.

“This is my dad’s handprint, and my handprint and my feetprint,” Gabriel said.

He’s also proud of his dad and loves to hear stories about him. His father was killed in a car crash in 2013.

His grandparents, Martina and Scott Sternberg, are now raising him.

“From that time on, Gabriel lived with us,” Martina Sternberg explained. “We started out with temporary custody, and then full custody and then we adopted him.”

Martina is now taking on the mom role and making sure his homework gets done.

Most importantly, though, she’s making sure Gabriel never forgets his father.

“You have his smile, and you definitely have his eyes,” she told Gabriel. “We keep his dad alive very much to him. He talks about his dad a lot.”

They’ve even created a memory garden for Gabriel’s father.

While Martina Sternberg has now taken on the mom role, she’s also on another mission. She’s hoping to help other grandparents in similar situations.

“What my goal is, is I started a Facebook group, and I’m hoping once we get about 10 or 15 families, then we can start meeting,” Martina Sternburg explained. “We can start support groups, maybe we can have somebody come in and talk about the legal issues of adopting or have some potluck dinners.”

If you’re in a similar situation, she’d love to hear from you. You can email her at martina.sternberg@yahoo.com.