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Letter to the editor: Mrs. Dunning still ‘crying out for my grands’



The following is an update from Mrs. Dorothy Dunning, the African American grandmother in Mississippi who is appealing a Minnesota decision that allowed a White Minnesota family to adopt her grandchildren. Much of her struggle involves bureaucratic negotiations between Minnesota and Mississippi human services agencies.  

I have recently found out that due to the story [“Crying out for my grands: A grandmother fights to care for her own flesh and blood,” MSR, Jan. 9], people are thinking that I’m ”new to the scene.” I want the people to know that the perception that they have of me is wrong. I have received emails asking me why I waited so late in their lives to try and receive custody of [my grandchildren], when I have been trying to get my grandchildren since I knew of them. Continue Reading →

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