In 1998, there was a child who needed help but the help he needed could not be found. The boy was removed from his home by court order. He had health issues too complex for placement in traditional foster care but not serious enough to require placement in a medical foster care facility. He was destined for institutionalization.
Several concerned foster parents, guardians ad litem, and responsible caring citizens took the initiative to help the child by providing temporary care for him. From that single act of kindness Grandma’s Place was founded. Since then, children who have been abused or neglected have had a place where they receive 24-hour care in a safe home-like environment. Including many children with disabilities or developmental delays.
Originally operated from a leased house in Loxahatchee, our organization now occupies a home in the Village of Royal Palm Beach that was opened in September of 2004. Children from birth to 12 years old are accepted seven days a week for emergency placements. We have a capacity of 16 children.
So where does Grandma’s Place get its name? Our house mother, at one time: Bessie Gordon. Grandma Bessie — as she was affectionately called — was the heart and soul of our home, a tender, loving figure with deep compassion,kindness, and discipline who worked well with multi-cultural children. All the children loved her and enjoyed her delicious meals. And so, we became Grandma’s Place, where we provide a caring, nurturing environment, just like grandma!
In October of 2017, we started a new program, the Family Support Program, with a generous grants from the Youth Services Department of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners and the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. This program provides enriched respite care for children – up to the age of 12 – with special needs and support services to their parents and/or caregivers.Our Story