Joe Jackson says Michael Jackson's three children are in good hands now that their grandmother Katherine is their temporary legal guardian.
"We're the parents. This is where they belong," he said Monday at a press conference with Rev. Al Sharpton outside the Jackson family estate in Encino, Calif. "We're going to take care of them and give them the education they're supposed to have."
Asked about Debbie Rowe (the biological mother of two of Michael's three children), Joe said, "Debbie Rowe has nothing to do with what we're doing."
He said the children -- Prince, 12; Paris, 11; Prince Michael II, 7 -- are with other young ones in the Jackson family and are "happy with the kids they're around."
"We have kids back there, small ones like they are," he said. "They were never around other kids. They're happy."
Asked if nanny Grace Rwaramba will look after the kids, Joe said, "We're looking at that, too. She's a good friend of the family and of the kids."
He said he hasn't seen a copy of his late son's will and declined further questions on the matter, calling it a "private" issue. (On Monday, Joe and wife Katherine filed to a petition become the administrators of Michael's estate to ensure three children are its beneficiaries.)