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Congratulations to the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors on another successful Statewide Summit!

December 2014 Grandparent Ambassadors Summit collageThe Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors (AZGA) hosted their 4th Annual Grandparent Ambassador Summit on Saturday and it was another tremendous success. With nearly 100 grandparents and more than a dozen key service providers and state agencies participating, grandparents and other kinship caregivers got to participate in educational workshops, sign up with local and statewide agencies to connect with available resources, and advocate with a unified voice on behalf of all kinship families across Arizona.

And, while grandparents were connecting and learning new skills, their grandkids had a blast in the Kroc Center’s day camp program. The keynote speaker helped these extraordinary grandparents understand the behavior and emotions they see in their grandkids who have been through traumatic experiences. A distinguished panel shared ideas about policy changes we can work toward. Rounding out the day, participating grandparents signed a petition to Congressional budget leaders and wrote personal letters to Governor-Elect Ducey and their state legislators.

Special thanks to the amazing Vickki Gray and Laura Jasso and their fabulous planning committees for putting the summit together. We’d also like to thank our sponsors who made this year’s Summit possible: Community Partnership for Southern Arizona, The Center for Economic Integrity, The Association for Supportive Child Care, Arizona’s Children Association, and QuikTrip.

2 Responses to “Congratulations to the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors on another successful Statewide Summit!”

  1. A Edwards says:

    Who can we contact regarding getting legal visitation rights enforced (rule 69)? Family court keeps changing Judges and Commissioners who keep changing previous orders. Had legal custody almost 2 years in AZ. Appreciate any information, suggestion or advice. Thank you.

    • CAA says:

      Dear A. Edwards,

      Thank you for your inquiry regarding visitation rights. This is not an area of expertise for Children’s Action Alliance, however, I believe any court decision would depend on your relationship to the child and which county court is involved.

      Here are a few possible helpful suggestions:

      • This is a link to the Arizona Supreme’s Court’s listing of self-service centers and also provides general information on family court issues. http://www.azcourts.gov/selfservicecenter/Home.aspx

      • Obviously, it is best to have an attorney represent you. You may find some guidance by contacting Community Legal Services in your area. Their website is http://www.clsaz.org/site/

      • If you by chance are a grandparent, there are support groups and agencies that may be able to offer some help and/or direction. Here is the link for a listing of those http://azchildren.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Support-Groups-Info-for-Arizona-9-16-14.pdf . I would suggest you call before attending any meetings to confirm the meeting schedule or to get other assistance that may be available. Also check out the kinship resource link operated by Arizona Children’s Association at http://www.arizonakinship.org/

      Hope this information is helpful.

      My best,

      Beth Rosenberg
      Director of Child Welfare & Juvenile Justice
      Children’s Action Alliance

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