Newport Beach Resident Susan Hoffman Shares Her Legal and ‘Other’ Path 

for Overcoming the Obstacles for Grandparent Visitation 


July 3, 2020 … Newport Beach, CA …. Grand Distance, a recently released book by Newport Beach resident and author Susan Hoffman, focuses on the choices grandparents have to make when faced with blocks to visitation with grandchildren.  


Susan Hoffman became an advocate and activist for disenfranchised grandparents after she was faced with a stay-away letter from her grandson’s parents following a stepparent adoption.  “This is a loss for everyone – the parent, the grandparent and the child,” said Ms. Hoffman.  She recounts her experiences in Grand Distance.


Grandparents are now, in fact, protected by California law because Ms. Hoffman proposed a bill to the California Legislature -  Assembly Bill 2517 (AB 2517) - allowing grandparents to petition the court for visitation, following a stepparent adoption.  AB 2517 became law on January 1, 2007.  


Ms. Hoffman commented, “when grandparents find themselves suddenly forbidden to see their beloved grandchild, following the emotional upheaval, they have choices about how they will cope and what they will do to stay close to the child.” Ms. Hoffman sought an alternative course of action to see her grandson.


Through the process of working with the California Legislature on AB 2517, 

Ms. Hoffman began to build a nationwide support system with other disenfranchised grandparents and, as a result of her ‘activism’, she established Advocates for 

Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, a charitable non-profit 501C (3)        

organization.  All of this along with leading an ‘undercover grandma’ life in order to see her grandson became the inspiration for Grand Distance.   


Grand Distance is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Apple, and Kobo as well as a paperback on Amazon and



Susan Hoffman is the author of Grand Wishes, A Precious Bond, It Won’t Happen Again and Do You Want to Be Right or Do You Want to Be Happy.  She is the creator and director of Advocates for Grandparent-Grandchild Connection, a charitable non-profit 501C (3) organization. 

Ms. Hoffman currently lives in Newport Beach, California.

Editors’ Contact:

Marie Case




What happens when the balance of the grandparent-grandchild relationship is interrupted?

It’s a losing situation for everyone involved, and while children have no voice and no choice, it’s the grandparents who do.

Faced with a stay away letter from the parents, an act protected by California law, Susan Hoffman sought an alternative course of action to share in her grandson’s life, leading her to becoming an “undercover grandma” of sorts.

Susan then successfully took on the challenge to change that California law, building a nationwide support system for other disenfranchised grandparents along the way.



Hi Susan, 

I just finished the book. 
I didn't want to start until I could just read it. Between Greg's appointments and Shadows appointments and 
Greg having the tv on it was tough to steal time to read.  
Susan, it was so good I did it in two sittings.  My heart is in my throat. It touches on and brings back so many
of the emotions that I went through, that we must all go through when this happens to us and our grandchildren. 
It was beautifully written, as only you could do.  
Congratulations and well done.