Grandparent caring for child

Martin Novak I

Governor Tom Wolf Signs Grandfamilies Bills Into Law

October 23, 2018 - 2:08 pm

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – On Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf signed two bills into law that support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren, as a result of the opioid epidemic.

Act 88 (previously known as House Bill 1539) according to a press release, “Grants temporary guardianship in 90-day increments for up to one year to grandparents or other family members when the child or children’s parents are not able to care for them.”

This protects parent’s rights, while also giving grandparents the right to make necessary and basic decisions for their grandchildren.

Act 89 (previously known as House Bill 2133), “Establishes the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program, an informational resource for grandparents and other family members.”

Grandparents can access the Kinship Caregiver Navigator Program through a website or toll-free hotline. 

The Wolf Administration announced that they were awarded a federal grant of $479,307 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families in order to develop the kinship program. 

Governor Wolf says, “Grandparents are stepping up to take care of their grandchildren as a result of the devastating opioid crisis or other difficult circumstances,”

Governor Wolf adds we need to make sure they have our full support as caregivers and legal guardians of children, the most innocent by standers.

Many other are thrilled the bills were passed including Secretary of aging Teresa Osborne, “As the State unit on Aging, we applaud the legislature for passing HB 1539 and 2133 and driving this much-needed change as together we work to fight this epidemic and provide need support to grandparents who find themselves parenting for the second time around.”

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