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This month, we’re sharing two upcoming webinars, new resources from the Network, and other information and opportunities from around the field. Please read on for more information.

Please share your latest resources, news articles/blog posts, upcoming events, and other highlights with us. They may be featured in our next newsletter!

Register for Our Next Two Webinars!

We have two upcoming webinars, and we invite you to join us!

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"Working Together to Support Relative and Kinship Families Caring for School-Aged Children," a panel discussion in partnership with the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), will take place on Tuesday, April 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET.

Collaboration Strategies for Tribes, or Non-Native Service Providers Working with Tribes, to Support Kinship/Grandfamilies,” with Dr. Terry Cross, will take place on Wednesday, May 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

What's New From the Network?

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Black Kinship Families and Culturally Appropriate Engagement Video and Key Takeaways Document

This 12-minute video presents a conversation between Karyne Jones, President and CEO of the National Caucus & Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA), and Anita Thomas, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Thomas is an expert on culturally affirming counseling approaches with African American families, and the discussion touches on several important themes. The key takeaways document collects quotes from the video that emphasize these topics. This short video can serve as a brief tool for professional development. We are grateful to our partners at NCBA for producing these resources.

Access the Video and Key Takeaways Document

Tribal Fact Sheet

Our partners at the National Indian Child Welfare Association have prepared a tribal fact sheet for Port Gamble S’Klallam, and we have added it to the GrandFacts Fact Sheet page of our website. The fact sheet is full of information and links that will be useful to kinship/grandfamilies in the Port Gamble S'Klallam community, as well as the professionals who work with them. More tribal fact sheets are on the way!

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Check out the GrandFacts Fact Sheets
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Monthly Resource

Becoming a Grandfamily: First Steps

Our April two-pager provides information for kin/grandfamily caregivers who are not involved with the child welfare system, covering initial steps to take when children come into their care. It is full of vetted links to information, all conveniently collected in one short resource. We are grateful to our partners at ZERO TO THREE for their leadership in producing these monthly resources and to Network Subject Matter Expert and Management Committee Member Gail Engel, a Generations United GRAND Voice, for her invaluable review and feedback.

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This month, we're promoting our next two webinars.

Interested in collaborating to support #kinship families? The @GensUnited Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network has two upcoming webinars on that important topic! Learn more and register to join the Network and its partners at @NativeChildren today!

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Individual Technical Assistance Spotlight

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The Network is responding free of charge to individual technical assistance (TA) requests from professionals who work in systems and organizations that serve kinship/grandfamilies. To date, we have responded to TA requests from 47 states and territories.

To request TA, please complete our Technical Assistance Request Form.

What is technical assistance and how can it help me?

Technical assistance is a term that encompasses everything we do at the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network at Generations United. We utilize a team of Network staff, partners, and subject matter experts to address your questions, develop tools and resources, and connect you to peers and information to best serve kinship/grandfamilies. We support policy and program leaders and direct service professionals at the array of government agencies and nonprofit organizations in states, tribes, and territories that serve kinship/grandfamilies. Visit our website to learn more about our work and the agencies and organizations we serve.  

To make an individual request, please complete this form and we will get in touch.

Presentations About the Network

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Network Director Ana Beltran will be on the “True Engagement for True Transformation” panel at the virtual 23rd National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, during the featured session on Thursday, April 20.

Network Technical Assistance Specialist Shalah Bottoms and ZERO TO THREE’s Kathy Kinsner will be presenting “Supports and Resources for Serving Kinship Caregivers” at an April 20 staff meeting for the North Carolina Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program. Kathy will focus on the Grand Connections Curriculum and Shalah will talk about the Network.

Network Subject Matter Expert and Management Committee Member Sarah Smalls, a Generations United GRAND Voice, will present at the Kids, Kin 'n Caregivers, Inc. 2nd Annual Breakfast Benefit Celebrating and Supporting Grandfamilies on Tuesday, May 9, in Norfolk, Virginia.

Ana and Network Subject Matter Expert Tyreasa Washington, PhD, LCSW, will be on a panel during the Family Focused Treatment Association’s 19th Annual Public Policy and Advocacy Institute, an in-person event in Washington, DC. The discussion, “Kinship Panel-State & Local Perspectives,” will take place on Tuesday, May 23.

Ana will be presenting at the AmeriCorps Seniors 2023 Convening. The presentation, “Supporting Grandparents & Other Relatives Raising Children,” will take place on Friday, May 26, in Arlington, Virginia.

USAging’s Leland Kiang and Ana will be presenting a three-hour pre-conference intensive together on Sunday, July 16, along with representatives from Area Agencies on Aging, as part of USAging's 48th Annual Conference & Tradeshow in Salt Lake City, Utah.

We enjoyed meeting many of you at the National Indian Child Welfare Association Conference in Reno earlier this month! Our staff presented, learned, and shared resources. The friendly faces at our booth are Network Assistant Director Melissa Devlin and Generations United’s GRAND Voices Support Coordinator Robyn Wind.

Lastly, we extend a special thank you to Generations United Deputy Director Jaia Lent, who shared about the Network and its offerings during the International Association for Indigenous Aging’s 2023 National Title VI Training & Technical Assistance Conference in Washington, DC on April 13.

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What's New Around the Network?

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Federal Fiscal Year 2023 Title IV-B, Subpart 2 Funding Available to Develop and Enhance or to Evaluate Kinship Navigator Programs

Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Applications Due By April 21, 2023 (Please note that it is short application)

Grants will be distributed by formula to all title IV-E agencies that apply for funding. State and territorial allotments will be based on the average monthly number of children receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, with a minimum award of $200,000. Tribal allotments will be based on the tribal population count of children and youth under age 21, with a minimum award of $25,000. The Administration for Children and Families already has approved tribal population counts, so tribes do not need to submit new population counts for this award. Title IV-E agencies may use these funds to develop, enhance, or evaluate kinship navigator programs, as well as to provide concrete supports and brief legal services for families.

Apply Today!

Grand Resource: Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use, Part 2

Generations United

This is a new set of resources that includes recommendations and resources on five topics identified by kin caregivers as uniquely challenging for grandfamilies impacted by substance use. Each resource was written by GRAND Voice Charlotte Stephenson, with several additional GRAND Voices and other experts providing input. The topics are:

The creation of these resources was made possible by the Brookdale Foundation Group.

Direct-service professionals can share these resources directly with families.

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Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day Symposium

National Council on Aging

Thursday, May 11, 2023

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET

This virtual event, co-sponsored with the U.S. Administration for Community Living, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, is free of charge. The National Council on Aging anticipates that they will be able to offer 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for social workers, in addition to dieticians, nurses, occupational and physical therapists, physicians, and psychologists. Several sessions may be of interest to individuals in the kinship/grandfamilies field.

Read More and Register

Lifespan Respite Care Program: State Program Enhancement Grants

Administration for Community Living, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Applications Due By May 15, 2023

This funding opportunity will provide 15 grants of $200,000 to $400,000 to eligible state agencies to support a focus on advancing existing systems of respite care through direct-service activities that proactively expand the state’s ability to provide respite and related supports to family caregivers across the lifespan. Grantees will be expected to build on advancements made under previous Lifespan Respite Care Program grants and focus on incrementally increasing the amount (percentage) of direct services they provide each year of their grant.

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Learn More and Apply
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State-Specific Customizable Flyers on Medicaid Unwinding

Center for Children and Families, Georgetown University Health Policy Institute

As explained in our resource, Preparing Kinship/Grandfamilies to Respond to Medicaid and CHIP Changes, continuous coverage through Medicaid is ending. Many states have begun eligibility reviews, and some states have begun to terminate coverage. These flyers, available in English and Spanish, include state-specific websites and phone numbers to make it easier for families to find accurate, up-to-date information. They can be posted and handed out anywhere families may see them, including in doctor’s offices, schools, pharmacies, and direct service offices.

Read More and Access the Flyers

2023/2024 Prevention Resource Guide

Child Welfare Information Gateway, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This month is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and this guide recognizes that there are actions we can take as a society and within communities, organizations, and families to address the root causes of child abuse and neglect. The document seeks to highlight the innovative ways that communities around the country are doing purposeful prevention work to help children and families thrive, with a focus on the protective factors approach.

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Learn More and Download the Guide
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Services to Support Children Living in Kinship and Nonrelative Foster Care 2008-2009

Office of Planning, Research & Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

This recently released brief shares the results of analyses conducted using data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, Second Cohort (NSCAW II) from 2008-2009. The research groups families into three categories, based on the relationships between the family members and their involvement (or lack thereof) with the child welfare system: voluntary kinship care, formal kinship care, and nonrelative foster care. The research questions focused on the differences between the children and families in these three different groups and their service needs, finances, support received, and access to basic health-related services.

Read More and Download the Brief

What's New Around the Network?

Congratulations to Foster Kinship Navigator Program!

In the latest update to the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse, Foster Kinship Navigator Program achieved a promising practice rating. Foster Kinship Navigator Program serves the state of Nevada, and it supports kinship families through legal support, assistance accessing financial support, helpline access, assistance navigating resources, support groups, and information sessions on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. As of the date of this newsletter, Foster Kinship does not know if its rating extends to all the kinship families it serves or is limited to those with open child welfare cases. We will share an update in May’s newsletter.

Check out the latest edition of The RAPP Reporter

The RAPP Reporter, a newsletter of the Brookdale Foundation Group, provides useful information for their long-standing national network of Relatives As Parents Programs (RAPPs). This edition mentions the Network and includes a link to an article about us. It also features links to program profiles, survey results, a funding opportunity, and more.

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The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network is the first-ever national technical assistance center for those who serve grandfamilies and kinship families. It was created to help guide lasting, systemic reforms. The Network is a new way to collaborate, to work across jurisdictional and systemic boundaries, to eliminate silos, and to help one another and be helped in return. Thank you for being part of it.

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The Network is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $9,950,000 with 95 percentage funded by ACL/HHS and $523,684 and 5 percentage funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.