NYS Seal For Immediate Release:
Assembly to Hold Hearing to Examine Effects on Children Who Lost Parents in World Trade Center Attack

The state Assembly Committee on Children and Families has scheduled a legislative hearing on Friday, March 22 to examine the impact of the World Trade Center terrorist attack on families in which a child lost a parent.

"In addition to extraordinary sadness and shock, the children and families of those who lost their lives in the World Trade Center attack face daunting emotional and practical challenges," said Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. "Thousands of children lost parents on September 11, and their families have struggled to ensure that these children continue to receive proper care and supervision."

"Grandparents and other relatives have stepped in as caregivers in many families, and we want to explore what can be done to provide support for these families as they bear this tremendous burden," said Assembly Committee on Children and Families Chair Roger Green (D-Brooklyn). "While some families have been able to access resources for fiscal and other assistance, outreach efforts may be necessary to reach others - especially low-income and immigrant families."

Assemblyman Green is the sponsor of legislation (A.9594) that would expedite proceedings for the establishment of family guardianship of children orphaned on September 11, provide for the payment of a monthly allowance to the guardians of these children and establish a fund to supplement the allowances paid to their guardians.

The hearing will be held:

Friday, March 22 - 10 a.m.
250 Broadway - 19th floor, Room 1923

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