December 8, 2022
Hello Friends of Grandfamilies,

Below you will find some recent updates and resources from the field. If you know anyone who may be interested in receiving these alerts, please forward this to them and/or encourage them to sign up here.
Submit Your Proposal to Present at the 22nd Global Conference

Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference will be held July 26-28, 2023 in Washington, D.C. The Conference Planning Committee seeks proposals for educational sessions that will enhance our field’s capacity for developing practices, programs, and policies that benefit individuals of all ages, support kinship and grandfamilies, and build more cohesive and caring communities around the world. The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2023.

Download the Word Doc version of the session guidelines and instructions for more information. All submissions must be completed online
Generations United Talks to CBS Saturday Morning

CBS Saturday Morning aired the story "Preschool at retirement complex promotes intergenerational learning." This fantastic piece showcases the Kindness Creators Intergenerational Preschool, an intergenerational shared site in Oak Park, Illinois and includes comments from Executive Director Donna Butts.
National Adoption Day with the Magstadt Family and Generations United Podcast

GRAND Voice Kris Magstadt and her husband Kevin of Bismark, ND, and our Deputy Executive Director Jaia Lent were on the KRAUS-ANDERSON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY podcast, Build Me Up. For National Adoption Day, Kris and Kevin shared their journey in raising and recently adopting their grandchildren.
Partner With Us!
State-Specific Adoption
and Guardianship
Comparison Chart

Generations United is developing state-specific comparison charts to help grandfamilies understand the difference between adoption and guardianship for children leaving foster care to permanency with relatives, with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. For this project, we partner with a state or local organization to help compile state-specific information, distribute the resource, and include their logo in the publication.

We are currently seeking state or local partners in the District of Columbia, Delaware, California, Illinois, Nebraska, and Rhode Island. Please contact Chelsi Rhoades, Public Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, at if you are interested in partnering with Generations United on an Adoption and Guardianship Comparison Chart in your state! 
Generations United Partners with Nutella® for the Holidays

Pull out your favorite family holiday recipes and enter the Nutella Nonna Holiday Contest for a chance to win a grand prize trip to Italy and one of 200+ weekly prizes. For every entry through December 11th, Nutella will also donate $1 to Generations United (up to $10,000). To enter, simply share your Nutella holiday recipe on Instagram using #NutellaNonnaContest and tag @Nutella. Be sure to check out Italian baking expert and grandmother, Nonna Pia, for inspiration. For additional contest details or to learn more on how to sweeten your holiday season with Nutella, visit
Generations United Seeking Writer for Upcoming Publication

Generations United is looking to contract with a writer or writers for an upcoming publication on diversity and inclusion in programs connecting older and younger generations. Please complete the following interest form by Dec. 16, 2022, if you would like to be considered. While experience writing or contributing to reports, resource guides, and academic publications is helpful, it is not required. We welcome prospective authors with varied writing experience, including articles, blogs, scripted media, website content, and more.
The Important Role of Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI Native American Aging Programs in Serving Kinship/ Grandfamilies: Research, Resources, and Strategies for Success

January 11, 2023 – 2:00-3:30 pm ET
(1pm CT; 12pm MT; 11am PT)

Over 2.6 million U.S. children are raised by grandparents, other relatives or close family friends. Many Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs) and Title VI Native American Aging Programs (Title VI programs) provide a variety of supportive services for kinship/grandfamilies. Learn about a new research report that documents how AAAs and Title VI programs are helping these families.

Hear from Area Agencies on Aging and Title VI programs about their successes in serving kinship/grandfamilies and why it’s important to develop and sustain programs to support these families. Learn about professional resources available to you from the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center, led by Generations United.
Nominate a Colleague: Submit an Application for Our 2023 Champion for Native Children 

NICWA is pleased to announce that they're accepting applications for our 2023 Champion for Native Children. Do you know an individual or an organization that has made significant contributions to the well-being of Indigenous children, families, and communities in the United States or Canada? If so, they would love to hear from you. NICWA encourage you to recognize their achievements by nominating them for this prestigious award! Don't wait—applications are due by January 10, 2023. 

Awardee will be honored at NICWA’s 41st Annual Protecting Our Children Conference in Reno, Nevada on April 2-5, 2023. Participation to accept the award in-person is a condition of receipt. Nominate here.
Read the 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report

2022 State of Grandfamilies Report  Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies includes the latest findings on grandfamilies facing high rates of hunger and food insecurity, as well as policy recommendations to help feed grandfamilies. Read the report to explore the data and learn why we need to change current policies to ensure access to adequate nutritious food for grandparents.
2022 Regional Convenings of the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network Resources

The resources that various agencies and organizations shared during the regional convenings are gathered together on this webpage and grouped by topic. Every item on the list is a link, so access to each resource is only a click away. Access the resources here.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Present: Racial Healing Conversation Guide

This guide offers facilitation tips and conversation prompts for meaningful, racial healing conversations. Ideal for dinner parties, coffee outings and breakout groups.
This guide offers facilitation tips and conversation prompts for meaningful, racial healing conversations. Ideal for dinner parties, coffee outings and breakout groups. Click here to download.
OhioKAN Program Manual

OhioKAN is a kinship and adoption navigator program designed to support children, youth, and their families. OhioKAN strives to partner with families to strengthen their networks and connect them with programs and services that meet their needs. OhioKAN is publicly sharing their Program Manual, which may be helpful to other kinship navigator programs. Click here to read.
Addressing the Impacts of Parent and Caregiver Loss on Children

Biden Administration has released a compendium of resources to address the impacts of parent and caregiver loss on children.  They have listed so many resources to support families after a loss. Click here to read.
USA Today published a story entitled "Strain on 'grandfamilies': Grandparents raising grandkids face high levels of food insecurity." The article, which includes quotes from Deputy Executive Director Jaia Lent and features quotes and photos from GRAND Voice Mercedes Bristol, highlights our 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report, Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies.

Photo: Mercedes Bristol
LA Weekly published a story entitled "GRANDFAMILIES FACE FOOD INSECURITY AS HOLIDAYS APPROACH." The story highlights the 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report and Bob Ruble, an uncle caregiver and GRAND Voice.

Photo: Bob Ruble
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The Grandfamilies Team