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Grandparents Stipend Update, New Child Care Analysis

Here's a quick update on the grandparents stipend legislation and some information on one of the most cost effective ways to keep Arizona children safe from abuse and neglect.

Legislative Latest – Stay Informed!

State lawmakers have had a busy week with a lot of focus on children and families. Click here to check out the latest news.

Grandparent Stipend Starts Next Month

Starting in February, many families will benefit from the hard work and collaboration of the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors, Children’s Action Alliance, and many of you. The state will begin offering a $75 monthly stipend per child to grandparents and great grandparents who are raising their grandkids through a placement through Child Protective Services.

A grandmother’s love…

Posted December 28, 2013 to Blog, enews, Grandfamilies, Grandfamilies | Comments (0)
A grandmother’s love is special. A grandfather’s kindness is a blessing. But sometimes, when parents are unable or unwilling to raise their children, a grandparent’s care is truly lifesaving.

TAKE ACTION – Oppose the House Budget Plan

A House budget proposal has emerged which eliminates $9 million in CPS funding from the Senate budget and falls short of the minimum needed for child safety.

Senate Votes to Increase Funding For CPS, Child Care and Grandparents Stipend

On Thursday, May 16, 2013, the Arizona Senate voted to restore and expand Medicaid coverage for adults as Governor Brewer and dozens of community groups have been supporting. In addition, they also voted to increase critical funding for abused and neglected children. These increases include: $4 million for Children Support Services. The original legislation did not include any increase for Children Support Services. (CAA called for $10 million.) $4 million for Child Care. The original legislation provided an increase of $5 million; the amendment brings the increase to $9 million. (CAA supported the Governor’s plan which included $9 million.) $1 million for Grandparents Stipend. This provides the funding needed to support a monthly $75 stipend for qualified grandparents raising their grandchildren. (CAA called for $1 million.)

CAA 2012 Annual Report

CAA is pleased to share our CAA 2012 Annual Report.  Thank you to the many donors and supporters that made last year another success for Arizona’s children and families. Read more

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! 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. 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.

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.

More help available for grandparents raising grandkids

The Arizona Republic's recent article on the unique challenges, and joy, that grandparents raising their grandchildren experience on a daily basis. Sherry Griffin, grandparent advocate and CAA Leadership Academy graduate is featured in this article.