03/13/2012 08:39 EDT | Updated 05/13/2012 05:12 EDT

Heartbroken couple seeks reunion with grandchildren

A Regina man and his wife who suddenly lost custody of their grandchildren are fighting to get their access back.

Since the children's mother died almost three months ago, grandparents Mike and Brenda Ironchild have not seen either of the two pre-schoolers.

"I know nothing of the whereabouts of my grandchildren, nothing," a tearful Brenda Ironchild told CBC News.

Last September, she brought her newborn granddaughter home from the hospital and started raising her.

Their mother was going through detox and had been hospitalized with complications.

Also at home with the Ironchilds was their two-year-old grandson.

A few months later, Ironchild's daughter died.

Shortly after that, Social Services picked up the children and gave them to their father, a man the Ironchilds do not have a good relationship with.

That was the last time Ironchild saw her grandson or granddaughter.

"I promised [the children's mother] ... daddy and I would take care of her babies for her, and not let anybody hurt them," Ironchild said. "I don't know where they are and I can't fulfill that promise to my daughter because they won't give me answers."

According to the Social Services Ministry, in such situations, once parents have met all of the conditions in an agreement, they regain custody.

Meanwhile, the Ironchilds have hired a lawyer to fight for visitation.