Sixteen Arizona cities have now proclaimed September as “Grandfamily/Kinship Care Month.”
“When a child is raised by family, there’s better outcomes for kids,” said Sherry Griffin with Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors. “They do better in school. There are fewer behavior problems. They seem to have better self-esteem. They just do better in life.”
According to Children’s Action Alliance, 4 percent of Arizona children are being raised by their grandparents and 177,000 Arizona kids live with grandparents or close family.
In return grandparents may need a little more help, she said, especially those who are having stresses financially.
According to Arizona Grandparent Ambassadors, the Arizona cities and towns that that will proclaim September as Grandfamily/Kinship Care Month are:
- Apache Junction
- Casa Grande
- Litchfield Park
- Queen Creek