I just read about a ruling in Kentucky that grandparents are excited about!
Read the Knoxville News Sentinel article now:
If grandparents and other relatives don’t unite to fight for help, we will never get it. It is tough for grandparents living on social security or those who work and have to pay for daycare. Many grand-families live below the poverty line and scratching to provide for the children they raise.
States save money when they don’t pay relative caregivers as foster families. But one state finally realized that these caregivers are in desperate need.
If your state doesn’t have kinship care, or whatever it is called where you live, you should support those who are campaigning for it. States are moving toward this, but not all states have it.
An excellent source of information is Grandfamilies.org. Go to http://www.grandfamilies.org/State-Fact-Sheet and click on your state. This website says that thirty-four states have authorized GAP (Grandparents as Parents) monthly payments.
The thirty-four states are:
If you do not find your state here, it doesn’t have GAP payments. We need this in ALL states!
Consider helping to get laws passed to help out these families. They save the state the full cost of supporting these children.