2012 Policy Brief – Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship FamiliesMay 23, 2012
MORE ARIZONA CHILDREN RAISED BY RELATIVES
by Lauara Jasso
and Brenda Gloria
Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors
Key Policy Steps Can Help Children Thrive
What do President Barack Obama, U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe and Oprah Winfrey have in common? Like 60,000 children in Arizona today, they were raised by their grandparents or other relatives for part of their childhoods. This practice, called kinship care, has been growing in Arizona and throughout the nation.
The Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors are asking every state legislator and every legislative candidate to read a new report, called Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families. The report, published by The Annie E. Casey Foundation, highlights effective policies that states are already pursuing to help kinship families thrive. These include policies to make better use of federal resources and to make existing supports more relevant for kinship caregivers.