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 Volume 11, Issue 37
Sept. 14, 2016
New Report Explores the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Grandfamilies and Offers Recommendations
At yesterday's (Sept. 13) reception on Washington, DC's Capitol Hill, Generations United released our 2016 State of Grandfamilies report, Raising the Children of the Opioid Epidemic: Solutions and Supports for Grandfamilies. This third edition of the annual State of Grandfamilies in America report explores the effects of the opioid epidemic on grandfamilies across races, ethnicities and geographic areas. The report offers recommendations on ways policymakers, advocates and professionals serving children can support grandfamilies. We also honored Representative Karen Bass and Senator Orrin Hatch with Generations United's Grandfamilies Champion Awards. Special thank you to award-winning, nationally-syndicated columnist Michelle Singletary who emceed our event and to Senator Tammy Baldwin, honorary co-char of our National Center on Grandfamilies Advisory Council, for joining us.  Check out the highlights!

Rep. Karen Bass                                                   Sen. Orrin Hatch

Among the report findings:
  • Alcohol and drug use are the most common reasons for removing children from their homes, next to neglect. 
  • More than 1/3 of all children placed in foster care because of parental alcohol or drug use are placed with relatives.
  • The percentage of children in foster care with relatives has increased from 24% in 2008 to 29% in 2014.
  • The vast majority of children being raised by relatives are being cared for in grandfamilies outside of the foster care system.
  • For every child in foster care with relatives, there are 20 children being raised by grandparents or other relatives outside of the formal foster care system.

Download the full report to learn more. 

Broad Support Across the Country for the Family First Prevention Services Act! 
More than 400 organizations showed their support for the Family First Prevention Services Act in a letter sent to Senate Leadership on Tuesday ( read the letter). Supporting organizations include Generations United and state and local organizations serving grandfamilies across the country. Learn more about the act.
Congrats to Our 2016 Programs of Distinction Designees 
The Program of Distinction designation serves as the U.S. standard for effective intergenerational programs. We are thrilled to announce that the following programs have been designated for 2016: Bridges Program Curricula Suite (Sudbury, MA), Easter Seals Intergenerational Program (Silver Spring, MD), Lutheran Home Intergenerational Program (Wauwatosa, WI), P&J Beacon Buddies Program (Bronx, NY), S.A.G.E. - Senior Adults for Greater Education (Newtown, PA), Sages & Seekers (Los Angeles, CA) and TimeOut@UCLA (Los Angeles, CA) . Learn more. S tay tuned to learn more about each program over the next few weeks.
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MessAGING with Love 
These cards came out of an intergenerational project by our former Youth Jumpstart Grantee and our conference Outstanding Youth Voluteer Award recipient,  Taylor Hamai, and Kacie Frith, a 7th grader at 'Iolani School in Honolulu, HI. These special greeting cards celebrate four centenarians and includes handwritten life quotes Kacie picked up while interviewing the elders. The cards include a design that represents something important in their live, the centenarians' picture and a short bio. The cards come in sets of 10 and cost $20/set. The proceeds will go to Project Dana, a nonprofit that helps care for Hawaii's older adults. All queries and interests in purchase should go to Kacie's advisor, Kirk Uejio at
Act Fast! Conference Registration Discount
In celebration of Intergeneration Month, we are offering conference attendees a special $25 discount on registration for Generations Remixed, the 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference  throughout the month of September! Take advantage of these special savings, and use promo code GRAND25 at checkout to receive your $25 discount on registration. Learn more. Also remember to  submit your proposal to present by Sept. 30th  
News from Our Members
Generations United is proud to be a membership organization. We love to shine a light on our members!  If you're a member of Generations United and have a project, event or accomplishment you want highlighted in our "News from Our Members," please  email Alan King . If you're not a member or supporter, we hope you will consider joining today.  Learn more here .
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Memes Show the Importance of Vaccinations Across the Lifespan
This meme of actress, entertainer and director Jennifer Lopez is part of o ur  Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations   campaign. T he campaign  is a partnership of Generations United, the  Gerontological Society of America   and the American Academy of Pediatrics with support from  Pfizer .   Check out additional memes  and  share them.  Follow 
A Huge Thanks to Our Members and Supporters
Generations United thanks our members and supporters for their contributions. Together, we are building a world that values all generations! You can also contribute and/or honor a friend or loved one with a Tribute Gift to Generations United.  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society. 
Culture United
Southside with You
Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama's first date, Southside With You by Richard Tanne recounts the eventful summer day in 1989 when a charming young law associate named Barack Obama tries to woo reluctant attorney Michelle Robinson during a daylong date that takes them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing to a sweet first kiss outside of a Baskin-Robbins ice ream parlor. is a story about President Obama and First Lady Michelle's first date on a summer day in the late 1980s. The films opens with young Barack calling his grandma for advice as he prepares for the date. Learn more
Do you know of any films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme?  Share them with us  and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. See disclaimer.
Cool Ideas
Got something cool you tried that was successful? Why not tweet your cool intergenerational ideas to  #cooligideas ? You can also post them to our  Intergenerational Connections  Facebook Group. We want to highlight innovative age-optimized programs and practices through our blog, social media and weekly e-newsletter!  Share the inspiration .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
Culture of Health Prize. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will award up to 10 winning communities $25,000 each and will feature their success stories. Eligible communities must be in the U.S., place a priority on health and create powerful partnerships and deep commitments to help all ages live well. Deadline: Phase 1 - Nov. 3, 2016 | Phase 2 - Jan. 20, 2017.  Learn more

Responsive Grants.  The Retirement Research Foundation, which has awarded more than $200 million for innovative projects that benefit older Americans. Advocacy, training, and research projects, all with national relevance, are considered from organizations located anywhere in the United States.  LOI Deadline: Dec. 1, 2016 | Application Deadline: Feb. 1, 2017.
GRAMMY Foundation Grant Program. The Foundation's Grant Program provides a variety of support - Preservation Implementation grants ($20,000); Assistance, Assessment and Consultation grants ($5,000) and the Scientific Research Projects grants ($20,000) - to organizations and individuals that either advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas or are conducting research the impact of music on the human condition. Deadline: Oct. 1, 2016. Learn more

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Bridges Program Curricula Suite Informational webinar.  Bridges Together is offering their award-winning Bridges Program Curricula Suite to MA-based communities, thanks to funding from the Massachusetts Association of Councils on Aging and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Bridges Together is offering two webinars about their funding opportunity and info on how to apply. Mon., Sept. 12,  at 3pm EST and Thurs., Oct. 6, at 12pm EST. Learn more

Research & Resources  
Is there a better alternative to marriage? This article by the International Federation for Family Development looks at trends in family formation that are shaping the United States. It looks at reasons why some people delaying marriage and parenthood. Learn more

How to Use Pokémon Go to Strengthen Intergenerational Relationships. Pokémon Go has taken over the world! This guide by Generations United highlights ways young and old can use this app to stay active together, make connections and keep each other safe. Learn more

Valuing Vaccinations Across Generations Intergenerational Discussion Guide. This Generations United guide includes information on recommended vaccinations across the lifespan, the important role grandparents and grandchildren play in each other's lives, generational perspectives and experiences with vaccinations, sample conversation starters and activities for intergenerational discussion around  vaccinations. Learn more

Grand Partners in Education Family Engagement Toolkit.
This Generations United guide is intended to help educational stakeholders on how to engage grandparents to jumpstart or enhance family engagement in schools.  Learn more
Elevate Respite! 2016 National Lifespan Respite Conference.  ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center. Denver, CO. Sept. 20-22, 2016. Learn more

The Creative Age Global Perspectives on Creativity and Aging 2016 NCCA Leadership Exchange and Conference. National Center for Creative Aging. Washington, DC. Sept. 24-28, 2016.  Learn more

Assets Learning Conference. CFED. Washington, DC. Sept. 28-30, 2016. Learn more

National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning. The National Summer Learning Association and School's Out Washington. Seattle, WA. Oct. 24-26, 2016. Learn more

LeadingAge Annual Meeting and EXPO. LeadingAge. Indianapolis, IN. Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2016. Learn more

IAVE World Youth Volunteer Conference & 24th World Volunteer Conference. International Association for Volunteer Effort and Cemefi. Mexico City, MX. Nov. 3-5 and 7-10, 2016.  Learn more
*Generations Remixed. Generations United and St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care. Milwaukee, WI. June 13-16, 2017.  Learn more  
"Each night,/ all the years we were growing up,/ she sat in the big/ yellow rocking chair/ & pieced together/ Our lives/ With countless/ Stitches of her/ Silver needle." ~Brian Andreas's poem about his grandmother

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Alan King
Communications Specialist
Generations United
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