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Southern AZ Congressional Reps Grijalva and McSally Announce Support for Arizona Grandparents Raising Grandkids and Other Kinship Families

Southern Arizona’s two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Raul M. Grijalva and Martha McSally, today joined the Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors (AZGA) to announce their support for Arizona grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship families.
Grijalva (D- AZ) and McSally (R – AZ) plan to introduce a bipartisan resolution on the floor of the House when they return from recess, declaring September as “National Kinship Caregivers Month.”

The intent of the resolution is to draw attention to the growing number of children being raised by grandparents, and other family members and the challenges they face. Nationwide, 2.6 million adults are raising their grandchildren or other family members. Children benefit from growing up with people they know and love when they can’t live with their parents due to medical issues, domestic violence, imprisonment, or other crises. Many kinship families face financial challenges, health and housing issues, and the impact of the trauma the children have experienced.

AZGA is a statewide network of grandparents raising their grandkids who have engaged in important efforts to change public policy in Arizona. Members have worked closely with Governor Ducey and the state legislature to remove barriers to financial support and improve the stability of kinship families.

AZGA will host its statewide summit on September 9th at the Kroc Center in Phoenix and invite others to join them. You may click here to register; the deadline is August 31st.

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