Children’s Action Alliance: Cheers to a Great 2019 Summit on Kinship Care Issues

| October 1, 2019

State senators Kate Brophy McGee and Lela Alston and representative Diego Rodriguez answer questions from the audience at the AZGA annual summit. Courtesy photo.

By Children’s Action Alliance (CAA)

This year’s Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors (AZGA) Summit was a huge success, with nearly 200 kinship family members in attendance.

Every September, AZGA invites families to the meeting to get to know one another and discuss kinship care issues, hold a dialogue with legislators during a panel discussion, learn about community support services and work on public policies they want lawmakers to support in the upcoming legislative session, which begins in January.

AZGA’s hard work is making a difference. Just last session, they won a major victory at the legislature, making it automatic for kinship families, most of whom are not licensed foster families, to receive a monthly stipend to help with the cost of raising children. One of the goals for the next session is to bring that amount – currently only $75 – more in line with what licensed foster families receive, which currently averages $650.

 

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