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Senator Brophy McGee sponsors SB 1166, speeding up subsidies for caregivers

A new bill in Arizona would speed up the process for caregivers to begin receiving subsidies for the children in their care before a permanent guardianship has been finalized.

The bill also allows guardians who subsequently adopt to apply for adoption subsidies, which they currently cannot do. This would be similar to how subsidies are granted to adoptive families, and would help prospective guardians plan and budget in advance.

Beth Rosenberg of Children’s Action Alliance told the Arizona Republic that the change will eliminate months of waiting for a subsidy after a child has already been placed with a permanent guardian.

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