Did you know that the Census Bureau is reporting that there is an increase in the number of children living with their grandparents? For the last twenty years, this number has increased, mainly among white families.
There are many reasons for this increase, all of which are unique to the family’s situation. However, the main reason for the increase of children living with grandparents has been because of divorce.
For grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, there are a lot of emotional and financial ups and downs.
Are you raising your grandchild(ren) or are you living with your grandparent?
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The National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights is very excited to announce that after lots of hard work and long hours writing the New Jersey Bill S2975, Senator Weinberg announced the bill. The bill will establish new standards for New Jersey courts to grant sibling or grandparent visitation rights under certain circumstances.
Many grandparents do not necessarily know if they can pursue visitation rights of their grandchildren. In California, and many other states, there are statutes and different pieces of case law that allow grandparents to fight for visitation of their grandchildren.
Using California as a prime example, we can learn that case law and statutory law is constantly evolving when it comes to allowing grandparents to fight for their visitation rights. In many cases, the grandparents, lawyers, and judges all look at what is best for the child, or the children, who are involved.
For more on California visitation rights, follow this link: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/06/22/prweb8460209.DTL
How many of you know if you can pursue visitation rights in your state? If you don’t, that is okay! If you would like to know, give us a call at 518-833-0215.
The UK has recently released a report on Kinship Care. If you are interested, follow this link: http://www.buttleuk.org/news.php/30/extent-of-kinship-care-revealed-for-the-first-time
The Affordable Coverage Act (ACA) is an act that will enable many of our nation’s children to become covered under some sort of health care plan.
Did you know that currently there are 20 million children who face unique challenges to acquiring health coverage? These challenges originate from their family’s eligibility, location of residence, and immigration status.
Some of these challenges are:
-Dependents are not always covered by insurance that is employer-sponsored.
-Income variations between adults and children can qualify different people for Medicaid/CHIP.
-Health coverage/insurance eligibility is dependent on a person’s citizenship and documentation status.
-Parents who are separated share the obligation to find health coverage for their child or children.
-Children who are in Kinship Care are living with relatives (mainly Grandparents) who are eligible for Medicare, but the children are not.
The ACA’s goal is to remove some, if not all, of these burdens. The ACA is going to expand Medicaid and other federal subsidies to enable many more people to purchase some form of health coverage. The ACA is also going to have an individual requirement for every person seeking health coverage with the help of the ACA.
To read the report, follow this link: http://www.rwjf.org/coverage/product.jsp?id=72428
Information Taken From:
McMorrow, Stacey, Genevieve Kenney, and Christine Coyer. Addressing Coverage Challenges for Children Under the Affordable Care Act. Rep. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 2011. Online.
You should test your knowledge on Kinship Care by watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3368CdCugmI.
The Kinship Services Network of Pinellas has just issued their Five Year Evaluation Report. The report is about Kinship Care in Pinellas. The report also includes an evaluation of the Kinship Services Network of Pinellas. If you are interested in reading this report, follow this link: http://www.jwbpinellas.org/system/medias/761/original/IV_B_Childrens_Home_Kinship_Presentation.pdf.