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Valley group asks for more money to help Child Protective Services

3 Moms push for CPS funding

Abused and Neglected Kids Need Your Help

Earlier today, CAA President and CEO, Dana Wolfe Naimark, spoke at a press conference in which former CPS supervisors, foster moms, working parents and 16 additional community partners asked Arizona’s legislators to protect abused and neglected children and support the full CPS funding proposed in the Governor’s budget.

send your message kidGovernor Brewer’s $77.6 million budget for child safety includes both CPS staffing and the tools necessary to respond in the most basic, fundamental way to the growing number of neglected children and children in foster care.

Now it’s your turn, please send an email today asking your lawmakers to support Governor Brewer’s entire $77.6 million budget for child safety.

Click here for more information on the Governor’s budget for CPS.

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Helping families afford health insurance in 2014

With 2014’s fast approaching implementation of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare,” many Americans are wondering how much their health insurance will cost. CAA’s Matt Jewett recently spoke on a conference call releasing a Families USA report showing that 570,000 Arizonans will be eligible for tax credits to help pay for their health insurance premiums in 2014. The tax credits, which help those earning up to four times the federal poverty level (approximately $94,000 annually for a family of four), will go into place regardless of whether the legislature decides to restore and expand AHCCCS coverage as Governor Brewer has proposed. The new tax credits will help Arizonans of all ages, including 150,000 children in our state, afford health insurance. Data is also provided on how many Arizonans will receive the credits by county.

Children’s Action Alliance and our partners will be ready to help families and answer questions as enrollment for the new health insurance marketplaces – called exchanges – starts on October 1.

Looking for Youth Talent

voce 500 pxFor the past 14 years, Children’s Action Alliance has been honored to have talented youth perform a song or two at our annual awards event. The performers help us celebrate the energy and potential of all children in our communities. We are starting to plan this year’s Through the Eyes of a Child luncheon and welcome your suggestions for a musical or dance youth group. We’re looking for troupes that can perform on Friday, October 11 over the lunch hour at the Sheraton hotel in downtown Phoenix. Perhaps your son or daughter sings in a choir, your niece performs in a dance group, or you’ve been to a fabulous school band concert in your neighborhood. Please email me at akobeta@azchildren.org with your suggestions.

Thanks for your help!

Legislative Happenings

GOOD NEWS: Legislation that will help foster parents and children has passed the Legislature and will be sent to Governor Brewer for her signature!

HB 2074 will allow a two year foster home license rather than one year in order to reduce administrative burdens on foster parents and licensing agencies. HB 2074 was amended to allow a foster family to accept more children than approved in the foster home license if a child has siblings currently residing in that foster home, is part of a sibling group being considered for placement in the home, has previously resided in the foster home, or is a kinship placement for the foster home.

MOVING FORWARD: Legislation that would provide $75 a month to many grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, was heard, amended and passed in House COW on Monday.

The amendments in the House and Senate complicate the issue and limit the number of families who can participate. But the bill will still help more children be safe, healthy, and ready to learn and thrive in communities throughout our state. We’re asking all Representatives to vote YES when the bill comes to 3rd Read. After it passes, it will either go to a Conference Committee or back to the Senate for a full vote on the amended version.

CAN’T BE CERTAIN THEY’RE DEFEATED, BUT WE’RE HOPEFUL: Two TABOR bills – HB 2285 and HCR 2021 – have been quiet for some time, but we know better than to assume their dead. They may pop up later in the session, so we’ll keep a look out and let you know if we need your help defeating them.

STUCK IN THE MUD: Legislative activity has…s-l-o-w-e-d way down because no agreement has been reached about Medicaid restoration. For now, budget negotiations remain behind closed doors and the legislature will only be working three days a week until things become un-stuck.

AS ALWAYS: Check our 2013 Legislative page, our facebook page and your inbox for the latest legislative developments and opportunities to take action.

Help Grandparents who are Raising their Grandkids!

SB 1090, which has already passed the Senate, should be up for a full House vote in 3rd Read soon. Grandparents and great-grandparents across this state need you to urge your two state representatives to vote YES.

SB 1090 provides a monthly $75 stipend to eligible grandparents and great-grandparents raising their grandchildren who have incomes below 200% of the federal poverty level and are not receiving foster care payments or TANF cash assistance. This small stiped can make a big difference for grandfamilies who are facing unique challenges to raise a child in their retirement years. Many grandfamiles have been cut off from any financial assistance since the 2010 budget cuts, so SB 1090 would restore much needed funding.

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Please contact your representatives and ask them to move this bill forward so that grandfamilies can get the support they need.

 

 

 

J.C. Scott Show: Southern Arizona Director of Children’s Action Alliance, Penelope Jacks on children’s issues