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One Step Closer for Grandfamilies

SB 1090, the bill with a $75 monthly stipend for qualified grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, passed 29-1 on a full vote in the Senate. It’s now on to the House! Read more

Steps Forward for Child Protective Services

Thank you to Representative Kate Brophy McGee for sponsoring HB 2144, a bill to bring needed improvement to Child Protective Services. The bill passed the House Reform and Human Services Committee unanimously today. As amended, it requires DES to create a plan for an alternative, community-based approach to low-risk reports of abuse and neglect rather than a full-blown investigation. Read more

It was another power week for Arizona grandfamilies!

Your emails, calls, and testimony are having a fantastic effect. Your voices have been heard.

HB 2285 Would Use the Faulty Formulas of Colorado’s TABOR As The Yardstick for Measuring Arizona’s Budget

Only Colorado has passed the so-called Taxpayers Bill of Rights (TABOR), which uses the highly flawed formula of general inflation plus the annual change in population to limit state spending. It was such a disaster for schools, roads, healthcare, public safety, and the economy that Colorado voted to suspend it. Colorado business leaders agree that TABOR led to slower job growth and delayed recovery from the last recession. Read more

The Zombie Bill

The only significant setback we witnessed this week in the legislature came in the Committee on Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility. The bill that won’t die, TABOR, surfaced in this committee this year. Despite the evidence that statewide population is the wrong yardstick to use for the state budget, including testimony from our own Director of Budget and Research, Karen McLaughlin, it received enough votes in this committee to move onto the next step. Read more

On a Roll!

Another bill we support moved forward this week. SB1208 pilot; foster care tuition waiver (Driggs, Landrum Taylor, Murphy, et al) waives tuition payments for foster children who get accepted to and maintain good standing for attending state universities or community colleges. It would go a long way to helping youth in foster care attend and complete college and we are happy to see it has garnered widespread support in the legislature. Read more

Power to the Grandparents

Nearly 100 grandparents raising their grandchildren made it out to Casa Grande last Saturday, from as far away as Flagstaff and despite the heavy rains, to participate in the Second Annual Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors Community Outreach & Advocacy Summit.

Legislature Fast Tracks Some CPS Funding

Both the House and the Senate Appropriations Committees passed an emergency appropriation to add 50 Child Protective Services caseworkers, supervisors and support staff in the current fiscal year. The bills (SB 1249 and HB 2502) are on a fast track, and it is likely the Governor will sign the emergency funding into law by the end of the week.

CPS Legislation We’re Tracking

In the two weeks since the start of the 2013 legislative session, there have already been several bills filed that would affect vulnerable children and families. Visit the CAA website for more information on bills affecting CPS, children in foster care, and grandparents raising their grandchildren.

Who are Arizona’s Grandfamilies?

Posted January 23, 2013 to Blog, enews, KIDS COUNT, Related Issues | Comments (0)
This Saturday, the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors is hosting the 2nd Annual Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors Community Outreach and Advocacy Summit for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. If you haven’t already registered to attend, you can do so here. It’s a free day-long forum that explores the challenges facing grandparents who are raising their grandchildren and offers the opportunity to learn about some solutions and supports available. Read more