Generations United Conference Highlights
IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Releases First Round of Approved Programs
Last week the IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse created by the Family First Prevention Services Act released the first list of programs that have met the evidence-based standards, meaning they have been determined eligible for ongoing federal funding reimbursement. Earlier this year the Clearinghouse had announced 12 programs that they were considering for inclusion including two kinship navigator programs. Seven of the programs under consideration were approved and rated by the Clearinghouse this round.
No kinship navigator programs have been approved yet.
You can find the website with the ratings
. Generations United is concerned that no kinship navigators have yet been approved by the Clearinghouse. We are at working educating policymakers about the implications and continue to advocate for more federal financial support for kinship navigators to help states, tribes and territories develop, enhance and evaluate kinship navigator programs.
Policy in Action
The Administration for Community Living which is coordinating the establishment of the Federal Advisory Council to Support Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children established under the
Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act (Public Law No: 115-196) is currently vetting candidates under consideration for the council. It is expected that the council members will be selected and convene at least once by the end of 2019.
Additional Kinship Navigator Funds
The Children's Bureau released the application for states, U.S. territories and eligible tribes to apply for 2019 kinship navigator funds. The application which was similar to the application for 2018 funds was due in March. Generations United has requested a list of states, tribes and territories who have received funds and will share it when it is available. A total of 57 Title IV-E agencies received 2018
kinship navigator funding
, 46 states, the District of Columbia, 2 territories and 8 tribes. The five title IV-E agencies that did not apply for kinship navigator funding were: Delaware, Idaho, Maine, South Dakota and Chickasaw Nation. If you would like a copy of your state's application, please ask
. Generations United is actively seeking additional kinship navigator funds for 2020.
Senator Bob Casey (PA) and
Danny Davis (IL) introduced
the Grandfamilies Act
(S. 1660, H.R.
which addresses a range of issues facing grandfamilies related to areas ranging of TANF and Social Security to temporary guardianship and housing.
You can find
of the act
and Senator Casey's press release
in May, Senator
Sherrod Brown (OH) introduced the
First Transition and Support Act
which would increase investment and support for child welfare as states transition to th
e Family First Prevention Services Act. Among other provisions the bill c
a new kinship placement program fund to expand funding for kinship support services, which help family members raising children pay for essential needs and services, such as childcare, and transportation
GrAND Voices Member
was quoted in the
"This bill reflects the understanding that healthy families are the foundation of a healthy society. We cannot ignore the layered effect that strained, stressed, toxic family situations have on every level of our society. And it is wisdom that legislators such as Senator Brown recognizes this and acts to bring about both an awareness and policies that will undergird the most important unit of society
Representative Karen Bass introduced a bipartisan companion bill in the House with Representative Don Bacon.
Recently the Senate released a
draft of the Older Americans Act which is up for re
authorization. The draft including
serving grandfamilies through
the National Family Caregiver Support Program.
This proposed change builds on recent
Supporting Caregivers Act (S. 1146)
Senators Bob Casey (PA) and Susan Collins (ME) which
In April, Senators Maggie Hassan (ND) and Susan Collins (ME) introduced
help ensure grandfamilies are eligible for services under the Chi
ld Abuse Treatment and Prevention Act, known as CAPTA.
government launched a new initiat
ve to help grandparents raising grandchildren access early childhood education programs. You can read their press release
Grand Voices on the Move
GrAND Voices network
now has 6
members representing 4
states and 1
tribes. Since the last newsletter we have welcomed
Joseph O'Leary (MA)
to the network!
Here are some additional highlights of GrAND Voices activities:
traveled to Portland, OR for the 20
Global Intergenerational Conference in June. Above is a photo of some of the members
Mercedes Bristol (TX)
received the 2018 Kathy Cunningham
Mental Health Advocacy
for her work advocating for children's mental health.
(second from right in photo
participated in the
Family First Learning Collaborative: 2019 Implementers meeting
GrAND Voices Eugene Vickerson
Bette Hoxie (ME) presented two workshops about working with kinship families during the National Court Appointed Special Advocate conference in Atlanta, Georgia.
Proven & Promising Programs
In June, Generations United partnered with Bridge Meadows to co host the 20
Global Intergenerational Conference in Portland, OR. Bridge Meadows creates and sustains intergenerational neighborhoods for older adults, and families that have adopted children from foster care. Their neighborhoods promote permanency, community and caring relationships while providing safety and reducing isolation for their older adult residents. At Bridge Meadows, youth coming from foster care find loving adoptive parents, honorary grandparents, valued mentors, and an entire community poised to nurture them - creating a sense of hope they thought had abandoned them long ago. Most families living in the North Portland Bridge Meadows location are kinship families. You can learn more on their website
Do you have a program you would like us to consider featuring? Email Diane Roznowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coming soon: The 2019 State of Grandfamilies Report. Stay tuned.
reports many times
has some info on why public policy hasn't kept up with the needs of grandfamilies
Preliminary results from a
indicate that a mere 1% of U.S. social service policies impacting children include material regarding healthy sleep education and promotion.
The research abstract was published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep
You can learn more
A Second Chance, Inc.
released a report analyzing permanent legal custodianship as a permanency option for grandfamilies. The report can be found
United Hospital Fund
released a new publication
The Ripple Effect: The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Children and Families
. It is the first comprehensive look at the successive waves of loss and trauma experienced by newborns, young children, adolescents, and their families affected by opioid addiction. It also looks at the needs of kinship caregivers, typically grandparents, who often step in to care for these children.
The archived recording of
on the Children's Bureau's final
National Model Foster Family Home Licensing Standards
is now available. For details on state and tribal reporting requirements, information on the national model and the
NARA Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards
on which the national model "relied heavily" and accorded "considerable deference", see Generations United's
. Also available at
designed to help states and tribes compare their standards with both models.
Grand Voice is a quarterly e-resource for
advocates and their allies distributed by Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies. Grand Voice seeks to highlight key resources, policy updates, action opportunities, and program highlights to inspire and improve services and supports to grandfamilies across the U.S. Sign up for Generations United's weekly e-newsletter, Generations This Week
Do you have something you want to have considered for inclusion in an upcoming issue of the Grand Voice? Please contact Diane Roznowski at