Grandfamilies Goes to the Capitol

Families and staff from our Grandfamilies program join with Governor Herbert and CSS Board Chair Paula McFarland to “commend all grandparents for their important role in nurturing their posterity and providing for the health and wellbeing of our future generations” – particularly those who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren.

It looks like the young man here got to keep the historic pen used to sign the declaration. Can you find the beaming Grandma in the background?

Governor Herbert also took a few minutes to talk to the delegation about kinship care issues. Thank you Governor Herbert and many thanks to those who attended!

See more photos from this meeting.

Below is the full text of the Declaration –

Whereas, grandparents are a stable influence in the lives of their grandchildren, particularly grandparents who are the primary caregivers for their grandchildren;

Whereas, there are more than 82,000 children in Utah who are cared for primarily by their grandparents, in many cases because the children experienced neglect or abuse at home due to their parents’ addiction disorders, mental health issues, or other challenges that preclude them from taking care of their children;

Whereas, grandparents caring for their grandchildren provide for the children’s physical and emotional needs, allowing the children to experience more stability, safety, support, and exhibit fewer behavioral and educational problems, as well as prevent the children from being placed in foster care; and

Whereas, we commend all grandparents for their important role in nurturing their posterity and providing for the health and wellbeing of our future generations;

Now, therefore, I, Gary R. Herbert, governor of the state of Utah, do hereby declare September 13, 2015, Grandparents Day. Gary R. Herbert, Governor