JUNE 22, 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 Executive Director Donna Butts wrote a blog story for the American Planning Association titled "The Importance of Intergenerational Communities." Read the story here.

Check out our latest blog story written by Generations United Digital Communications Coordinator Fabian Venegas-Ramos, highlighting a personal account of the transformative power of intergenerational programs. Read the story here.

Last week’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a fundamental victory for Native children. ICWA stands not only as a law to protect the best interest of Native children, but also as the gold standard for how we should prioritize and support family and cultural connections for all children. Read our latest blog post titled "Generations United Celebrates the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision to Uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act" here.
Global Conference Updates - Already Registered for our Conference? Check out our Pre-Conference Activities!
An additional discounted block of rooms is now available at a nearby hotel, the Canopy by Hilton Washington, D.C. The Wharf (975 7th Street SW Washington, DC 20024) for $259 a night (plus applicable taxes). Limited space is available and the deadline for the discounted rate at the Canopy is Wednesday, July 5th. The conference hotel is a 0.5 mile walk from the Canopy. Book your room today!

Already registered for our conference? It’s not too late to add pre-conference activities on Wednesday, July 26th. Additional registration required. Check out our Plaza West Grandfamilies Apartments site visit and our Hill Visit Prep Session.

Check out the snapshot of our conference here.

For questions regarding the conference, please contact us at conference@gu.org
Generations United Intergenerational
Public Policy Blog Update

Check out this Medium blog for an intergenerational public policy update! The blog includes information on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), debt limit negotiations and implications for grandfamilies, the introduction of the Grandfamily Housing Act, and current program reauthorizations we're watching in Congress. Click here to read!
Webinar: Building Evidence of Success for Kinship Programs: Tips and Strategies

Our Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center is hosting a webinar, "Building Evidence of Success for Kinship Programs: Tips and Strategies."
From 2:00 p.m. ET to 3:30 p.m. ET on Monday, July 17, this webinar will be led by Network Subject Matter Expert Angelique Day, PhD, and Berenice Rushovich, MSW, of Child Trends, one of the Network’s managing partners. During the webinar, you will explore the foundational principles and strategies that nonprofit organizations and government agencies may use to demonstrate the success of their kinship programs.
Uplifting Lived Experience to Support Adult Sibling Caregivers

Join the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative on Thursday, July 13, 2023, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET for a webinar about uplifting lived experience to support adult sibling caregivers. As the child welfare system prioritizes kinship care, there is an increased need for adult siblings to care for younger siblings involved in the child welfare system.

Don’t miss this important opportunity to:
  • Explore what sibling caregiving looks like, the dynamics of caregiving as a sibling and its impact on connection and how states can further support these important relationships.
  • Learn how kinship navigator programs can support adult sibling caregivers.
  • Steps jurisdictions can take to identify and support siblings as kinship caregivers.

Register here!
Tip Sheet- American Indian & Alaska Native Grandfamilies: Helping Children Thrive Through Connection to Family and Cultural Identity
This resource is designed as a quick reference tool for practitioners and advocates working with grandfamilies and kinship families who identify as American Indian or Alaska Native. It is meant to help them provide services in a way that is culturally sensitive and effective. It also serves as a reference guide for staff orientation/training to work in these communities. The content of this resource is based on the complementary toolkit by Generations United and the National Indian Child Welfare Association, which provides additional detailed information, resources, references, and infographics. The toolkit also includes definitions and explanations of key terms used in this resource. Download the tip sheet here.
Navigating the Relationship with Your Adult Child
If you’re a grandparent raising a grandchild, you already have a relationship with a parent of the child–one that can be tough to navigate. The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network has a new resource, Navigating the Relationship with Your Adult Child, which can help you understand what to expect and what you can do to make things easier. Click here to download!

ACL Announces New Funding
to Improve Support for
Family Caregivers

ACL is excited to announce $20 million in new funding for the first major initiative in support of the 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers. ACL will award five cooperative agreements for projects to foster advancements in two programs authorized by the Older Americans Act — the National Family Caregiver Support Program and the Native American Caregiver Support program.
Each project will receive up to $1.1 million annually for four years to develop, test, and disseminate new approaches to supporting family caregivers. Using the caregiver strategy as a roadmap, and with technical assistance from ACL, each project will focus on one of the five priority areas of the strategy.

Complete details and application instructions are posted on Grants.gov. Applications are due Monday, June 26, 2023. Click here for more information. 

Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for Prevention Services Evaluation Partnerships: Building Evidence for Mental Health, Substance Use, In-home Parent Skill-based, and Kinship Navigator Programs and Services
These three-year grants aim to support summative (I.e., impact) randomized control trial or quasi-experimental evaluations of a mental health, substance abuse prevention and/or treatment, in-home parent skill-based, or kinship navigator program or service. The grants will support collaborations among evaluators and partnering Title IV-E agencies, community entities, and/or other researchers to conduct well-designed and rigorous summative evaluations of programs and services intended to provide enhanced support to children and families, including pregnant and parenting youth in foster care, as well as prevent child abuse and neglect and foster care placements—deadline to apply: July 11, 2023. Click here to read more. 
We are thrilled to share exciting news about GRAND Voice Gail Engle of Colorado, who recently had the opportunity to be interviewed in two enlightening podcasts. The first podcast delves into Gail's journey of developing her remarkable program and her impactful work in Colorado. If you're interested in learning more about her inspiring story, you can listen to the podcast here.
In the second podcast, Gail delves deeper into her involvement with Family First, the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, as well as the engaging work of the ACL (Administration for Community Living) in empowering caregivers through a dedicated council. She also takes the opportunity to give well-deserved shout-outs to Generations United and her role as a GRAND Voice. To listen to this insightful conversation, please click here.
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The Grandfamilies Team