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Nonprofit Seeks State Funds for Child Funerals

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) A nonprofit group wants Iowa lawmakers to approve financial assistance for low-income families who can't afford to bury their children.

Sing Me To Heaven, a foundation that offers support to families who have lost a child, visited the Capitol Tuesday to urge lawmakers to support a bill intended to help low-income families with funeral costs.

The bill would provide $100,000 to be administered through Iowa's Department of Public Health. Eligible parents and families could then receive up to $2,000 for funeral expenses after the death of a child. The bill has been assigned to a House Appropriations subcommittee, but it has yet to be discussed. It is still eligible for consideration.

Group founders said at a news conference that they need additional money to continue supporting families across the state.

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