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ACR-123 Kinship Care Month.(2017-2018)

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Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 123
CHAPTER 192

Relative to Kinship Care Month.

[ Filed with Secretary of State  September 25, 2017. ]

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


ACR 123, Cooley. Kinship Care Month.
This measure would declare the month of September 2017 as Kinship Care Month.
Fiscal Committee: NO  

WHEREAS, California is proud to recognize the children in kinship care and their grandparents and other relatives who raise them and who ensure their safety, promote their well-being, and establish stable households for these young people to thrive; and
WHEREAS, Kinship care can be an informal or formal arrangement in which a grandparent or other relative cares for a child for either a short-term or a long-term period of time when a parent is unable to care for the child; and
WHEREAS, Nationally, 2.7 million children are living with grandparents and other relatives in kinship care, including more than 506,000 in California alone; and
WHEREAS, The number of grandparent-headed households has doubled since 1970; and
WHEREAS, One in 10 children will live with a grandparent or other relative caregiver during his or her childhood; and
WHEREAS, The public is increasingly aware of the challenges faced by children in kinship care and the grandparents and other relatives who provide that care to work in partnership with comprehensive social services to ensure that kinship youth flourish in all facets of their life; and
WHEREAS, Kinship care provides the best opportunity to retain a child’s cultural heritage and community ties; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Assembly of the State of California, the Senate thereof concurring, That the Legislature declares the month of September 2017 as Kinship Care Month.