February 9, 2023
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.
Did You Know?

February 7th was National Black Grandmothers Day! A day to honor Black Grandmothers and pay tribute to the generations before them and those that will come after them during Black History Month. Click here to learn more.

Photo: Office Assistant Constance Jones wearing the National Black Grandmothers Day T-Shirt 
Generations United
in the News

Executive Director Donna Butts is quoted in an article in Reasons to be Cheerful, "At On-Campus Retirement Communities, Seniors and ‘Seniors’ Forge Deep Bonds." She talks about building intergenerational connections and its benefits. Read more.

GRAND Voice Corrinna Martin and Jamarl D. Clark, Assistant Director of the National Center on Grandfamilies, are featured in an article featured in Youth Today called "Grandfamilies disproportionately at-risk for food insecurity, advocates say." The article highlights the experiences and stories of grandfamilies and draws attention to findings from the 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report. Read the full story here.

Photo: Executive Director Donna Butts, GRAND Voice COrrinna Martin, and Jamarl D. Clark, Assistant Director of the National Center on Grandfamilies
Global Conference Updates - Submit Your Session Proposals by Feb. 13

It's not too late to submit your proposals for conference educational sessions. We have extended the deadline for submission to February 13, 2023. Download the Word Doc version of the session guidelines and instructions for more information. All submissions must be completed online.

Registration is open for Generations United's Global Intergenerational Conference, to be held July 26-28, 2023 in Washington, DC! Special savings are available to people who register by March 15. Register today!
Accepting Nominations for 2023 Generations United Awards

Know a person, program, or organization doing innovative and outstanding work in the intergenerational and grandfamily fields? Nominate them for a Generations United Award, to be presented during the 22nd Global Intergenerational Conference in Washington D.C.! Interested individuals are encouraged to self-nominate. The deadline for nominations is March 6. Learn more.
Generations United is hiring for two positions - Grants & Contracts Specialist and Technical Assistance Specialist with the Grandfamiles & Kinship Support Network. Learn more about the positions and apply today!
The Unique Dynamics of
Co-parenting in Kinship Families

The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center (Network) will host a webinar on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

The webinar title is "The Unique Dynamics of
Co-Parenting in Kinship Families," and our speaker will be Dr. Joseph Crumbley. Register here.
The AARP Purpose Prize Award Is Accepting Applications through February 28

The AARP Purpose Prize award honors extraordinary individuals who use their lived experiences to make a better future for all. Don’t miss a chance to earn $50,000 for your organization and a year of support to help broaden the scope of your work. Up to 10 fellows will each receive $10,000 for their organization and a year of technical support. See official rules and apply at www.aarp.org/apply.
Staying Healthy Across Generations

Vaccines are Essential for All Ages is an infographic that illustrates that vaccines aren't just for kids - they protect all generations, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Staying up to date on vaccines for the flu, pneumonia, and whooping cough is important to protect both older adults and children. Learn more.
Black History Month with the HHS Office of Minority Health

This Black History Month, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) is highlighting the roles food insecurity and nutrition have on common health disparities faced by Black and African American communities, such as increased risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and maternal and infant mortality. Click here throughout the observance to learn more.
Kinship Care for Diverse Populations Resources

When seeking out kinship placements for a child, a strong emphasis should be placed on the kin caregivers ability to be culturally responsive to the needs of the child. Here are resources that provide information about how child welfare professionals can be culturally responsive to the needs of diverse kinship families, support caregivers in developing a culturally inclusive approach to parenting, and discuss the positive impact culturally appropriate trainings and services and equitable supports to kin caregivers can have on placement stability and permanency outcomes for children and families.
Click here to view resources.

GRAND Voice Norma Hatfield had an Op-Ed published in the Lexington Herald Leader about the importance of increasing financial supports for kinship families. 

Photo: GRAND Voice Norma Hatfield
GRAND Voice Gail Engel received the 2023 Casey Excellence for Children Kinship Caregiver Award, founder and executive director of the Grand Family Coalition! Read about her and the other recipients here!

Click the image to watch and learn more about Gail Engel, 2023 recipient of the Kinship Caregiver Award
Thanks for reading this newsletter. If you have anything you would like included in future newsletters, please send them to Jamarl D. Clark at jclark@gu.org. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this newsletter. Feel free to reply with any feedback or comments.

The Grandfamilies Team