Bucks County State Rep. Kathy Watson, Chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, announces two pieces of legislation and a resolution on addressing the issue of grandparents raising grandchildren.
Watson’s bill would create the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program, which would create a website and hotline to help grandparents with information and available services.
“The other measures that are sponsored by my good friend Representative Pashinski include legislation that directly addresses emergency custody issues, a major problem for grandparents and also a resolution. We want to have a detailed good study on the trend on what we now call grand-families.”
In Pennsylvania, nearly 82,000 grandparents are the sole caregivers for more than 89,000 children, saving over
2-billion per year in keeping children out of foster care.