The GRAUSA supports the preservation of the complete family. We believe, for the well being of the children, the complete family, whenever possible, should be allowed to remain together. Grandparents normal position in the family is a backup for parents when they need help, and a soft place to land for children who find themselves caught in bad situations involving the adults in their family.
We propose legislation to protect the rights of the children and their extended family, in every American State! GRAUSA is a registered not for profit corporation dedicated to this goal.
The Constitution grants 18 specific powers to the US Congress, and also specifically states Congress, the President, and the Supreme Court can neither add to, or subtract from, those 18 specific powers. Statutes (laws) relating to dealing with family law IS NOT ON THAT LIST.
According to the Constitution, any power not specifically given to the Congress is a power reserved for, and granted to, the individual states. There is another part of the Constitution that specifically states only ONE level of government may regulate any particular area in need of regulation.
This is the reason we must work in each individual state to get laws changed in the general area of family rights. The Constitution specifically forbids a Federal “Law” regarding Grandparents Rights, Parental Rights, or any other kind of Family right. The Department of Health and Human Services (Federal) can issue guidelines, but the only way they can enforce them is to tell the states funding for programs depend on the state adhering to those guidelines.
Here are those actual 18 powers:
1. The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defense and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States
2. To borrow money on the credit of the United States
3. To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes
4. To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States
5. To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin, and fix the Standard of Weights and Measures
6. To provide for the Punishment of counterfeiting the Securities and current Coin of the United States
7. To establish Post Offices and Post Roads
8. To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries
9. To constitute Tribunals inferior to the supreme Court
10. To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations
11. To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water
12. To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years
13. To provide and maintain a Navy
14. To make Rules for the Government and Regulation of the land and naval Forces
15. To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions
16. To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress
17. To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings
18. To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.