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Bronx grandma raising her daughter’s children needs a second chance

THE BRONX — Tracey Hite is a grandmother of two who says she needs a second chance.

She recently was granted permanent custody of her two grandsons, ages 9 months and 2 years.

Addicted to drugs but clean and sober for 19 years, she is now watching her daughter struggle with the same battle against addiction.

Hite, like so many other grandparents, can't work.

She doesn't have enough money to support her kids and has a small fourth-floor walk up. She struggles to pay for diapers and a new bed for her babies . She wonders, Where is the support?

"I'm a grandmother who is helping her grandchildren because her child is caught up in the same cycle I was caught up in. I need help. It's not fair these children suffer because of my past, " Hite said.

And she's not alone. So many grandparents in our city have to step up to save their family.

PIX11 News reached out to the commissioner's office of the New York City Administration for Children's Services, ACS.

A spokesperson said "by connecting familial caregivers to resources including childcare, strollers, clothing, and diapers, ACS tries to strengthen families and keep children connected to their families of origin."

We also reached out to a foundation called Generations United based in Washington, D.C., that helps grandparents like Hite -- and they are stepping in to help.