Wednesday, July 2, 2014

GRADD program to help grandparents who raise grandchildren

Green River Area Development District (GRADD) has announced that they will have financial aid available through the Kentucky Family Caregiver Program (KFCP) during the new fiscal year (which began July 1, 2014). KFCP is designed to assist area grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.

Because this is the start of a new fiscal year, even individuals who have previously participated in KFCP must reapply.
This program provides services to grandparents who are the primary caregivers of children age 18 or younger to whom they are related by blood, marriage or adoption (of the parents). The child must live in the caregiver’s home, and the child’s parents may not reside in the household. Grandparents who have legally adopted their grandchildren are eligible to receive funds for up to one year.
Services include supplemental aid for necessities such as: clothing, educational supplies, personal care items, respite, counseling, and bedroom furniture.
To receive financial assistance, eligible grandparents must have annual household incomes of no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty level and not receive state Kinship Care program benefits for the grandchild(ren) for whom they are seeking services.
GRADD will host mandatory KFCP application workshops in each county in mid-July. All individuals interested in applying for assistance must call (270) 926-4433 to register to attend one of the sessions.
KFCP—funded through the Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services, Department for Aging & Independent Living—provides a wide range of services including matching grandparent caregivers with support groups and providing information about resources, assistance in accessing services, counseling and training.
For more details, please contact Kelli King at (270) 926-4433.

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