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 Volume 13, Issue 31
August 1, 2018
Model Family Foster Care Standards Released for Comment
Today, the federal register published proposed model family foster home licensing standards and is seeking comments on those standards by October 1. The notice recognizes that " The Children's Bureau relied heavily upon the  NARA standards in drafting the proposed National Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards. The NARA standards were developed by attorneys at Generations United and the American Bar Association who researched family foster care licensing standards in state codes, regulations, and policies for each state and the District of Columbia." Learn more about the standards Learn more about licensing grandfamilies.
Save the Date for the 20th Global Intergenerational Conference!
Generations United is thrilled to announce that we are teaming up with Bridge Meadows to co-host the next global intergenerational conference in Portland, Oregon from June 12-14, 2019.  Learn more.
Generations United's Summary of the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Law 
Last month, the president signed the Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act into law. First introduced by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Bob Casey (D-PA), the law will create a federal advisory council to support grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren and create a central resource for information for the families. Read Generations United's summary of the law
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!  Donate to help us unleash the potential of an "age-amped" society . If you're an organization,  join us !
Cool Ideas
Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden
This movement of grandmothers and their allies are hitting the road on a six-day, 2,000-mile journey to the Mexico border to deliver grandmotherly love to the migrant families.  Learn more.

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.
Culture United
Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont
The movie centers around Mrs. Palfrey (Joan Plowright) -- who, after her husband's death -- moves to London with the hope of gaining her independence and seeing her grandson. While she is staying at a residential hotel for older adults, she meets writer Ludovic Meyer (Rupert Friend) when she trips and falls on the street in front of his home. An unlikely friendship flourishes between them, bolstered by the fact that the residents are under the impression that Ludovic is Mrs. Palfrey's estranged grandson. Learn more.

Culture United highlights films, books, music and TV shows with an intergenerational theme. Do you have any suggestions? Share them with us and we'll share in the weeks and months to come. We welcome responses or reactions. We'll possibly feature them on our blog. See disclaimer.
Do you have an intergenerational immigration story?

Do you have stories of how a grandparent or an elder who was an immigrant influenced your life? Do you work with older or younger immigrants or immigrant families in an intergenerational program or setting? Are you an immigrant grandparent raising your grandchild or older adult who works with young people? Generations United is requesting stories to possibly highlight on our Together blog for Grandparents Day (Sept. 9)! Deadline to submit is Sept. 7. See our submission guidelines, then share your stories with us at

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Does Your Program Have What it Takes to be A Program of Distinction?
Does your intergenerational program meet critical needs in your community? Does it provide clear, meaningful roles for participants of all ages and abilities? Do you go above and beyond to train staff and participants? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, you may have what it takes to be named an intergenerational Program of Distinction! Each year, we recognize outstanding programs across the country that reflect the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations.  The deadline to apply is August 31, 2018.  Contact Irv Katz with any questions. Learn more .
Think Intergenerational - Funding Opportunities
2018 Diversity Awards. Grantmakers in Aging is now accepting nominations of national, regional, and local individuals, programs, and organizations that embrace diversity as a fundamental element in all levels of their work in aging. Deadline: Sept. 6, 2018. Learn more.

Youth Service America: Lead Agency Program. YSA's Lead Agency Program is intended to activate youth volunteers on September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance, MLK Day of Service weekend, and Global Youth Service Day. For the 2018-2019 program, YSA is offering grants of up to $6,000. Through their partner coalitions, Lead Agency grantees will be required to activate a minimum of 1,000 youth for each of three days of service. Deadline: August 10, 2018.  Learn more.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The purpose of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by supporting cultural organizations that, in turn, support artists and their work. Grants are provided to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts.  Deadline: Sept. 1, 2018. Learn more.

If you have - or know of - any intergenerational funding opportunities, please send them to
Think Intergenerational - Great Resources  
Research and Resources
All In Together: Creating Places Where Young And Old Thrive. This new report from Generations United and The Eisner Foundation  includes the findings of two national surveys, profiles of model programs and recommendations for how we can increase the number of intergenerational shared sites .   Learn more .

Intergenerational Programming in Senior Housing: From Promise to Practice.  This report describes findings from a year-long study on the nature and extent of intergenerational programming in senior housing that was conducted by Generations United and LeadingAge, with support from the Retirement Research Foundation.  Learn more.
20th Global Intergenerational Conference.  Generations United and Bridge Meadows. Portland, OR. June 12-14, 2019. Learn more.

Kinship Traditions of Caring and Collaborating: A Trauma-Informed Model of Practice. Child Welfare League of America . Wilmington, DE. Sept. 26-27, 2018. Learn more.

Texas Taking the Next Step: 2018 Geriatric Symposium. Texas Health and Human Services. Georgetown, TX. Aug. 13-14, 2018.  Learn more .

Explore New Territory.  ZERO TO THREE. Denver, CO. Oct. 3-5, 2018. Learn more.

National Caregivers Conference. The Family Resource Network. Iselin, NJ. Oct. 11, 2018. Learn more.

Aging in America Conference. American Society on Aging. New Orleans, LA. April 15-18, 2019.  Learn more.
"We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." ~from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; J.K. Rowling turned 53 yesterday. 

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Alan King
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Generations United
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