Topeka - In Kansas it is estimated that 17,900 grandparents are raising their
grandchildren. The Grandparents as Caregivers program recognizes the
responsibility grandparents assume when they commit to raising their
grandchildren and seeks to provide them with additional financial resources for
the provision of care.
We're seeing more grandparents as the primary caregivers of children, said
Governor Kathleen Sebelius. This support is intended to help those facing
financial challenges while trying to provide care for their grandchildren.
The Grandparents as Caregivers program provides monthly financial assistance
to grandparents or other relatives raising children. Eligible grandparents will
receive $200 per grandchild, not to exceed $600 a month.
To qualify for the program, the individual must be the grandparent or other
qualifying relative, have legal custody of and be living with the child, be 50
years of age or older, and have an annual household income of less than 130% of
the federal poverty level.
Maximum Income Levels
Based on 2006 Federal Poverty Level
Maximum Yearly Income
Maximum Monthly Income
Family of 2
Family of 3
Family of 4
Family of 5
We are most thankful for the wonderful caregivers who selflessly work to
provide a solid foundation and loving environment for the children in their
care, said SRS Acting Secretary Don Jordan. The Grandparents as Caregivers
program should alleviate some of the financial burden associated with raising
SRS began taking applications for the Grandparents as Caregivers program on
December 15, 2006, with application processing beginning on January 3, 2007.
Funding for the program is limited and benefits will end if funding runs out.
The current funding level will allow SRS to serve approximately 1,234 families
or 2,400 children per year.
For more information about or to apply for the Grandparents as Caregivers
program, please contact Customer Service at (888) 369-4777 or
visit www.srskansas.org/ISD/ees/grandparents_caregivers.htm .