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Newsroom SRS Announces Operation of Grandparents as Caregivers Program
1/3/2007

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 Family Size Maximum Yearly Income Maximum Monthly Income Family of 2 $17,148 $1,429 Family of 3 $21,576 $1,798 Family of 4 $25,992 $2,166 Family of 5 $30,408 $2,534


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 grandchildren.


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 .