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on Sat, 05/12/2012 - 04:09

Grandparents Resources

You may be fighting for your grandchildren, if that’s the case, here is a United States Supreme Court case called TROXEL verses GRANDVILLE, which is published at 120 Supreme Court page 2054, it is a case from the year 2000.
This case can help guide you or your attorney as it deals with Grandparents Visitations. See links below 


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Criss Weeks and her husband didn't expect problems last year when they began caring for two young grandsons and their twin newborn sisters.

But soon after Child Protective Services placed the boys, ages 3 and 4, in their home, the oldest began showing signs of trauma, the result of being pulled from his home and from whatever else he may have experienced while living with his mother.

About 80 percent of Arizona's nearly 12,300 foster children live with families, either relatives or licensed foster homes, which research shows is best for kids who've been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

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The Weekses provide what's commonly called kinship care, and they get paid next to nothing for it. In Arizona and across the country, more than 6 million children in the U.S. are being raised by relatives, mostly grandparents.

Foster families receive a daily subsidy that starts at about $20 per child, as well as $150 a year per child for clothes and $82 a year to cover school supplies for all foster children in the home.

Relatives who are not licensed receive up to $2 per child per day, depending on the age of the child. The Weekses receive 63 cents a day per boy.

Weeks and her husband are in the process of getting licensed through Arizona Adoption and Foster Care, which will enable them to receive the same subsidy as unrelated foster parents.

The boys came to live with the Mesa couple last July, after their mother and twin sisters tested positive for methamphetamine when the girls were born. The Weeks were a year away from becoming empty-nesters. Weeks quit her job to care for the children.

"I went from a quiet life to a bunch of kids," she said. "But I wouldn't change it."

Foster homes and kinship care

9,577 Arizona children lived in family foster homes in February, including 3,557 with relatives.

582 new foster homes were licensed, but 681 homes closed their doors during the six-months ending Sept. 30.

Source: Arizona Department of Economic Security