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Please register for our November webinar, check out our new resources, and take a look at events, resources, and opportunities being offered around the field.

Please share your latest news, upcoming events, and highlights with us. They may be featured in our next newsletter!

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Register for Our November Webinar!

Our November webinar, "Legal Relationships and Public Benefits for Kinship/Grandfamilies," will take place on Thursday, November 10, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. Our presenters for this webinar are Ana Beltran, JD, the director of the Network, and Heidi Redlich Epstein, the director of Kinship Policy and State Projects at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law.


What's New From the Network?

Kinship Navigator Programs Around the Country

We have compiled a list of kinship navigator programs. The list includes entries for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Below the name of each kinship navigator program entry, there is information on locations served, a list of available services, eligibility criteria for families, and a link to the program website or other contact information. Two of the programs included in this list have been rated by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse: Arizona Kinship Support Services and Ohio's Kinship Supports Intervention/ProtectOHIO.

A Black grandmother holds hands with her granddaughter and grandson and walks across a field. The grandmother and granddaughter are looking at each other and smiling. The grandson is looking forward and smiling.
A young white girl picks out a red pepper in the grocery store as her grandparents smile and watch.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Facts for Grandfamilies and Kinship Families

This fact sheet, produced in partnership with our subject matter experts at the Food Research & Action Center, Alexandra Ashbrook and Susan Beaudoin, contains three sections: Background Information, Frequently Asked Questions for Grandfamilies and Kinship Families, and Resources to Get Started. It is designed to serve as a resource that both providers and kinship/grandfamilies can use.


Supporting Kinship Families & Grandfamilies Affected by Substance Use Disorder

To mark the last the day of National Recovery Month and Kinship Care Awareness Month, the Administration for Community Living posted a Q&A featuring Ana Beltran, the director of the Network. The post includes Ana’s answers to five questions and links to resources.

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READY FOR RECOGNITION? The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network wants to lift up your exemplary policy, practice, or program!

Apply Today for an Exemplary Kinship/Grandfamilies Policy, Practice, and Program Designation

The Network is seeking to identify and designate exemplary kinship/grandfamilies policies, practices, and programs to elevate good work and share replicable strategies with others. We encourage applications from government agencies in states, tribes, and territories, as well as kinship navigator programs and other community-based organizations that serve kinship/grandfamilies. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 16, 2022.


Please Take Our Short Social Media Survey!

Thank you to those of you who have completed our social media survey.

We are still accepting submissions, with the goal of learning the best way to connect with you and your agency/organization/tribe, outside of this monthly newsletter. Please complete a very brief survey about your favorite social media platforms. It should take less than two minutes to respond.

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In this new monthly section, we'll share a tweet that or other small bit of information that you can easily copy and share.

This month, we're promoting our new website:

My colleagues at the @GensUnited Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network have launched a new website,! Check it out to find a variety of resources. The resource library will keep growing, so visit often to discover more!

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Individual Technical Assistance Spotlight

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The Network is accepting individual technical assistance (TA) requests from professionals who work in systems and organizations that serve kinship/grandfamilies.

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

Here's an example TA request and response.


How can my state collect data to be more informed on the prevalence of youth in kinship families?


Utilize the CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) to collect vital information about the health and well-being of youth in kinship care and foster care. By including questions in this survey about the youth’s living arrangement, and whether they are living with kin or in foster care, each state will have data specific to these populations. Washington State has successfully added these questions to its survey and has gathered useful information to inform supports and services. It is an easy lift for any state to replicate. Learn more at YRBSS Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

What's New Around the Network?

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2022 State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

In-person at the National Press Club in Washington, DC;

Online via live-stream

Generations United will host an event to release its 2022 State of Grandfamilies Report, Together at the Table: Supporting the Nutrition, Health, and Well-Being of Grandfamilies. The event will feature key report findings, new data, and a conversation with grandfamily members. The event will be moderated by Michelle Singletary, a nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Her award-winning column, "The Color of Money," often refers to the sage advice and lessons from her grandmother, “Big Mama,” who helped raise her.

Registration is required for both in-person attendance and remote attendance.


2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers Released;

Open for Public Comments

The 2022 National Strategy to Support Family Caregivers was created to support family caregivers of all ages, from youth to grandparents, and regardless of where they live or what caregiving looks like for them and their loved ones.

The Strategy was developed jointly by the advisory councils created by the RAISE Family Caregiving Act and the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act, with extensive input from the public, including family caregivers and the people they support. It will be updated in response to public comments and will evolve with the caregiving landscape. Two Network subject matter experts, Gail Engel and Sarah Smalls, both of whom are grandmothers raising grandchildren, were members of the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Advisory Council.

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At the top, a pair of lower legs and feet (in pants and sneakers, respectively), stand in front of a doormat that says "HOME" (with a heart in place of the "O"). Below, a photo shows a double hug just inside an open door. A Black grandfather hugs his smiling granddaughter and a Black grandmother hugs her smiling grandson.

LEGACY Funding Included in FY 2022 Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program Funding Opportunity

For the first time in over 15 years, funding is available through LEGACY (Living Equitably: Grandparents Aiding Children and Youth), the only federal law to specifically create affordable housing opportunities for grandfamilies. On September 21st, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for Section 202 Elderly Housing, which includes $15 million to support the development of intergenerational dwelling units for grandparents and relatives age 62 and older raising children. The application deadline is January 25, 2023. To learn more about LEGACY and its past funding, see Generations United’s 2019 State of Grandfamilies Report, A Place to Call Home


Webinar: Here Come the Holidays: What Do You Do?

Monday, November 14, 2022

10:00 a.m. CT

This is the first in a series of Zoom webinars designed to help families, communities, and human service workers, presented by the Illinois Family Resource Center. The Resource Center’s main focus is supporting families and communities addressing substance use, mental health, and gambling issues. The Resource Center is passionate about addressing and including grandfamilies and kinship families.

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A graphic with icons for verious systems (aging, child welfare, disability, education, housing, Medicaid/Medicare, nutrition, and TANF), with each connected by a line to a center circle. Three hands come together in collarboration at the center.

Establishing Cross-Sector Partnerships to Improve Family Caregiver Supports

This short resource, prepared by the Center for Health Care Strategies, offers examples and tips to help states establish cross-sector partnerships to strengthen supports and services for family caregivers. Although the document focuses on family caregivers who are responsible for older adults, the ideas and recommendations can be applied to supports and services for kinship/grandfamilies.


What is a grandfamily or kinship family?

Many people are unfamiliar with the terms “grandfamilies” and “kinship families.” Members of grandfamilies and kinship families often do not know that there are terms to describe their specific type of family.

Deborah Willett – a member of the Grandfamilies Advisory Group at Generations United and a program coordinator at GRANDFamily Connections of Chester County, PA and GRANDFamily Provider Network of Chester County – created a video with her son, Noah Willett, to explain the term “kinship family member.”

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2023 USAging Annual Conference and Tradeshow: Call for Sessions Now Open


The 2023 USAging Annual Conference and Tradeshow will be held July 16-19 in Salt Lake City, UT. The Call for Sessions is now open, and USAging is accepting proposals in diverse topic areas. The submission deadline is Friday, December 9, 2022.


News to Know

Can ‘Kinship Care’ Help the Child Welfare System? The White House Wants to Try

New York Times, October 13, 2022

“Specifically, the administration wants to increase the number of foster children who live with relatives, known as 'kinship care,' by reimbursing states at a higher rate if they place children with family members instead of in group homes or institutions. The administration also proposes more money for programs that help such families, and to expand a tax credit to include people who take legal guardianship of young family members.”

One in Seven Latino Children Live With Grandparents, Who Play an Important Role in Children’s Lives

October 12, 2022

New data from the National Research Center for Hispanic Children & Families indicates that 1.6 percent of all Latino children live with their grandparents and do not have a parent in the home. A toolkit from Generations United, Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Children Thrive Through Connection to Culture and Family, elevates cultural strengths and is designed to help organizations better support these families.

The Imprint Launches National Indigenous Family Reporting Beat

September 20, 2022

“The Imprint, a daily news publication covering child welfare, juvenile justice and youth homelessness around the country, has launched a new national beat covering Indigenous children and families with support from Seattle, Washington-based Casey Family Programs.”

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.