New Mexico's 2014 legislative session observed Senate Joint Memorial 14 herald easy passage for a request for a study by New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD). That study was advised to look into the availability of resources and assistance for grandparents with limited incomes who are raising their grandchildren in the state. The Senate Joint Memorial was introduced by Senator Richard Martinez.
Las Cumbres’ Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program and that program’s dedicated participants, the grandparents themselves, have moved forward working in tandem with the assigned CYFD representative to discuss grandparents’ struggles with legal custody issues, health and stress, financial hardship and more. Las Cumbres is also joined by Erwin Rivera and ENLACE (ENgaging LAtino Communities for Education)'s North East regional program to speak out on behalf of grandparents.
On October 20th at 2:30PM a presentation will be made to the Legislative Health and Human Services Committee with the current findings of the collaborative team. That committee hearing will be held at the Santa Claran Hotel in Española, 460 N. Riverside Dr., Española, on the 7th Floor. Testimony from grandparents raising grandchildren and advocates will be heard in hopes that viable legislation for the 2015 legislative session will be drafted.
If you have questions or input, please contact either Delfinia Romero or Patty Shure with Las Cumbres at Tele: (505) 753-4123 or Erwin Rivera from ENLACE at Tele: (505) 455-2234 ext 1402.
Partnering with Las Cumbres in this movement is ENLACE, a statewide collaboration of gente who represent the voices of underrepresented children and families – people who have not traditionally had a say in policy initiatives that have had direct impact on their communities or their families. For more information about ENLACE, click here.
Read more about Las Cumbres' Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program visit this page.