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Giving Families Fortitude

“Sometimes in life you come upon the realization that you are backed into a corner and may not stand to win a fight with your own resources.” -Cherie, loving caregiver to her granddaughter This perfectly captures a sentiment shared by many of our clients, especially grandparents and other relative caregivers. Imagine being retired and taking…

The Launch of a New Campaign and Website

The Alliance is thrilled to announce the launch of a new campaign and website called Step Up: Supporting Caregivers, Protecting Children. The Step Up campaign and website (www.stepupforkin.org) seek to raise awareness about the needs of foster youth who are placed with a relative. The website is a hub of information on relative foster care…

Alliance Op-Ed in LA Times

On Tuesday, September 3, the Los Angeles Times published ‘Families who foster deserve parity’ by Alliance CEO Janis Spire. The piece highlights the inequity of financial support for relatives caring for foster children. Reach the piece on latimes.com or below. Families who foster deserve parity Relatives who care for a child deserve the same benefits…

The High Cost of Caring: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

A new report details the harsh financial realities facing grandparents raising their grandchildren. At the Alliance, a majority of our clients are relative caregivers and we see first-hand the extreme hardships kin face in stepping up to care for children in—or at risk of entering—foster care. More than 300,000 grandparents in California are raising their…