Annie E. Casey Foundation

KUER Local News
10:57 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Report Finds Relatives Caring for Children Need More Support

Jack and Martha Brown of Sandy became legal guardians for their grandsons Jordan and Austin 2 years ago.
Andrea Smardon

Jack Brown and his wife Martha of Sandy are 74 years old and well into retirement. The Browns have raised five children and 23 grandchildren.

"I thought we were finished raising children," Jack Brown said.

But on this day, in the offices of Voices for Utah Children, the Browns have two little boys clinging to their arms and legs - 9-year-old Austin and 10-year-old Jordan.

"At an early age - in fact when they began to talk - my wife would call them Honey, and so they started calling her Honey," said Brown, "She's Honey, and I'm Papa."

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