Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Legislative Task Force Continues to Study Resources Available to Grandparents
With the 2015 passage of House Memorial 8, a Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG) Task Force was convened to study and recommend policy change to expand the availability of resources and assistance for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in the state. That Task Force will now be continuing into its third year.
Members of the task force include representatives from NM Voices for Children, Pegasus Legal Services, the State's Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD), NM Public Education Department (PED), NM Aging and Long-term Services, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), Parents Reaching Out, Outcomes, Inc., and two members from the general public who are themselves grandparents caring for their grandchildren.
Resources under scrutiny include programs related to medical care, transportation, and education. The ultimate aim of the study is to additionally influence health policy as it affects grandparents and the grandchildren in their care. The Task Force is encouraging involvement with housing authorities to assure grandparents of equal and available housing options; enforcement of McKinney Vento; and support for GRG groups by county to include specific funds for training, facilitators, and technical assistance.
Las Cumbres' Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program was launched in January 2012 and continues to serve families in Northern New Mexico with agency groups currently meeting in three counties, Rio Arriba, Santa Fe, and Taos.