January 26, 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.
Generations United
in the News

Executive Director Donna Butts shares insights from the 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report on State of Childhood Obesity's expert perspective blog. The blog is titled, How Nutrition Programs Can Better Prevent Hunger Among Grandfamilies, and is available here.

Donna and a number of Generations United partners are also quoted in an article in The Beacon, "Many benefits of intergenerational living." They discuss the positive impacts of intergenerational living for older and younger people. Read more.

Photo: Executive Director Donna Butts
Global Conference Updates

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!

Submit your proposals for conference educational sessions. 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 is seeking a Grants & Contracts Specialist to join our results-oriented team. The Grants & Contracts Specialist is responsible for administering grants and contracts and providing other financial and administrative support for Generations United. These responsibilities include managing contracts and vendors, financial compliance, grants management, and supporting event logistics. Other activities include assisting with our biennial global conference and special events and engaging in Generations United’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work.
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 California, the District of Columbia, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Tennessee. Please contact Chelsi Rhoades, Public Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, at crhoades@gu.org if you are interested in partnering with Generations United on an Adoption and Guardianship Comparison Chart in your state! 
The Unique Dynamics of Co-parenting in Kinship Families

We invite you to join us for our next webinar on Tuesday, March 14, 2023, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET.

The title of the webinar is "The Unique Dynamics of Co-Parenting in Kinship Families," and our speaker will be Dr. Joseph Crumbley. Register here.
The FosterClub's 2023 internship is open through February 17th!

FosterClub's 2023 AllStar internship is a service and training opportunity for young people with lived experience in the foster care system. AllStars will learn to amplify perspectives of themselves and other young people in foster care through advocacy and activism to motivate their peers and use their own lived experience to affect systemic change. The AllStar internship is a hybrid 6-week professional and personal development program that includes 2 weeks of in-person service training in Oregon. You can learn more 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.
New Racial Equity Tip Sheets Available

With support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Generations United is pleased to share a new series of tip sheets to accompany our racial equity toolkits. These tools are designed to help professionals serving grandfamilies provide culturally appropriate services. 

Supporting Educational Access for Kinship/Grandfamilies

"Supporting Educational Access for Kinship/Grandfamilies," focuses on education and special education and is intended to provide background information and resources to professionals who are helping kinship/ grandfamilies. We are grateful to our partners at ZERO TO THREE for their leadership in producing these monthly resources.
Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands GrandFacts Facts Sheets

The GrandFacts Fact Sheets for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands join fact sheets for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the nation as a whole. Each fact sheet includes data as well as information about programs and public benefits. All of the fact sheets are available in English and Spanish.
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.

Photo: GRAND Voices Linda Lewis, who is featured in the 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report
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The Grandfamilies Team