Opioid epidemic contributes to number of WV’s ‘grandfamilies’

CHARLESTON, WV (BY: LORI KERSEY, CHARLESTON GAZETTE-MAIL) — Deena and Keith Ellison thought they’d be finished raising children by now. Deena’s kids were under 7, and Keith’s were teenagers when the couple got together in the early 1990s.

Now, Deena, 54, and Keith, 63, find themselves parenting again — this time for Deena’s grandchildren, 9-year-old Jeorgia and 14-year-old Jackson.

“He adopted my son when he was 6,” Deena said of her husband. “He had to start over — this is the third time.”

“It’s kind of what I do,” Keith joked.

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