Grandparents have a unique role to play within families. In most circumstances, grandparents can be a steady influence in a child's life. However, when family needs arise, these individuals can go from a mentor to a much more prominent role rather quickly. This was the case for one Colorado couple, who stepped up to the task of parenting when they adopted three grandchildren.
Although they don't fit "traditional" notions of family -- both grandparents were bringing adult children into a second marriage -- the Colorado couple created a new family. One of the adult children developed a drug dependency and lost custody of her three children over the course of a couple years. The couple adopted all three children, so they wouldn't be split up in foster homes.