Kansas, which reportedly has a large and growing number of grandparents raising their grandchildren, passed a law intended to provide financial assistance to those grandparents.
But it turns out that the statute is only aiding a tiny fraction of these grandparents (and only a tiny bit at that). The reason: as in other states, aid is limited to grandparents with formal legal custody of their grandchildren.
Yet many of these grandparents, de facto parents, don’t – and couldn’t – get formal legal custody of their grandchildren.
Ironically, the legal trend in most states makes it harder and harder for grandparents to obtain full legal custody of their grandchildren.