Program cuts pull the rug out from families struggling to care for relatives' kids

02/18/2014 12:28 PM

Starting last April, grandparents or aunts and uncles who suddenly found themselves guardians of children would no longer get help through a state program that covered daycare costs so they could work.

The cuts didn’t affect those already enrolled in the program but any new families who sought daycare help after April 1. But grandparents Jeanne Miller Jacobs and her husband John — who recently got custody of their three grandchildren — are among those who are having to make tough choices about whether to work or stay home with the children now in their care.

The cuts saved $8.3 million this fiscal year, which ends June 30. Those families can still get money through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. But the state program is no longer accepting new applicants.

And while Gov. Steve Beshear recommended to legislators that they add more money to reverse cuts of more than $50 million-a-year to another child care program, he didn’t suggest extra money for Kinship Care.

Children enrolled in Kinship Care went up from 9,750 in 2009 to 11,080 in 2012.


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