Friday, May 19, 2006
Grandparents raising grandchildren in Kansas would get a helping hand from the state under legislation that Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is expected to sign. The new aid is part of a wide-ranging bill upping what nursing care residents can keep from their Social Security checks and barring hunting and fishing licenses for parents behind in child support payments. Under the proposal, grandparents with legal custody of a grandchild would receive $200 a month, with a limit of $600 for three. To qualify, grandparents must be at least 50 years old with a household income of less than 130 percent of the federal poverty level, or $21,580 for a household of three. Such a program would allow more children from troubled families to be raised by grandparents rather than being placed in state custody and foster homes.
Read the Kansas City Star article on the legislation (last visited May 19, 2006 bgf)