"Army of Miracle Workers" Rallies Behind Kinship Care

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Traveling from more than 40 states, hundreds of grandparents gathered on Capitol Hill last September for the GrandRally-a celebration of the work relative caregivers do for children and a push for Congress to increase support of policies and funding for extended family members who take care of children.

During the two-day event, grandparents and other relatives attended advocacy training and met with members of Congress. They also rallied on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, wearing brightly colored T-shirts and hats and listening to musical performances and a variety of speakers, including child advocates, grandparents, children of grandparents, and legislators.

AARP, CWLA, the Children's Defense Fund, Generations United, and Grandparents for Children's Rights organized the event.

"You really are an Army of miracle workers," Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA) told the crowd. Joining McDermott onstage were Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and Representatives Danny Davis (D-IL) and Thelma Drake (R-VA), all of whom expressed their support for pending legislation to benefit kinship caregivers. …