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In a decision published on
October 4, 2018 by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was declared unconstitutional, jeopardizing the landmark legislation protecting tribal children. The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has summarized the decision and the harm it could cause. Read their summary.
Grandfamilies in the News
- (NATIONAL | PEW Stateline) If parents get deported, who gets their children? (features Generations United's Ana Beltran).
- (NATIONAL | US Department of Agriculture) US Department of Agriculture: No More Empty Nest: Grandparents Step In to Fill the Breach.
- (NATIONAL | Journal of the American Society on Aging) Grandparents, Grandchildren, and Caregiving: The Impacts of America's Substance Use Crisis (written by Generations United's Jaia Peterson Lent and Adam Otto).
- (NATIONAL | GRAND Magazine) Grandfamilies - celebrating the holidays (written by Generations United's Jaia Peterson Lent; featuring GrAND Voices Sonya Begay and Joan Callander Dingle).
- (FLORIDA) TEEN TALK: Understanding how to effectively raise 'Generation Z'ers'.
- (GEORGIA) This Life with Gracie: Is Georgia's foster care system really in crisis? (featuring GrAND Voice Eugene Vickerson).
- (KENTUCKY) Kentucky has highest rate in nation of children in care of relatives, says new Census Bureau data.
- (KENTUCKY) 'Thankful that we have our grandkids': The challenges of grandparents raising grandchildren (featuring GrAND Voice Sonya Begay).
- (NEW YORK) Washington County wants more grandparents to foster their grandchildren (quotes Generations United's Ana Beltran).
- (OHIO) Grandparents raise grandchildren in unique Cleveland public housing.
- (PENNSYLVANIA) As opioid crisis creates orphans, grandparents take on parenthood again, often with few resources.
- (PENNSYLVANIA) Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Conference.
- (PENNSYLVANIA) Pashinski's grandparents bill passes Senate, heads to governor.
- (WASHINGTON, DC | The Washington Post) New affordable housing program targets D.C. 'grandfamilies'.
- (WASHINGTON, DC) 'Grandma, We're Home': Inside D.C.'s First Apartment
Building For Grandfamilies
Policy in Action
Kinship Navigator Programs
A total of 57 Title IV-E agencies have received
federal funding for kinship navigator programs
, 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. These funds were
made available because of a $20 million appropriation in 2018. An additional round of funding was included for 2019. Generations United will share information when applications for additional funds become available. Funds may be used to develop, enhance, or evaluate kinship navigator programs.
Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Act
Opportunity for Public Comment on Proposed Rule on Public Charge
The Trump administration has released an
opportunity for public comment
to respond to a notice of proposed rulemaking about "Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds." This proposed rule could negatively impact children in grandfamilies with immigrant members. Generations United encourages advocates for grandfamilies to submit comments highlighting the potential impact of the proposed rule. Comments are due Dec. 10th. Page 15 of Generations United's 2018 State of Grandfamilies report will be a helpful background resource on the rule.
Grand Voices on the Move
Generations United's combined GrAND Voices network now boasts 66 members representing 42 states and 12 tribes. Here are some additional highlights of GrAND Voices activities this year:
- GrAND Voice Robert Brown's family recently adopted their three grandsons. Congratulations to the Brown family!
- In July, GrAND Voice Renée Skinner attended a Family Voices United kick off meeting in Harrisburg.
- In August, GrAND Voice Iona Jenkins attended a Family Voices United kick off meeting in South Carolina.
- Also in August, GrAND Voice Sonya Begay participated in a broadcast of Native America Calling about grandparents raising grandchildren. Listen to the episode.
- In September, GrAND Voice Chris Mathews was on a local show, Aging on the Suncoast, where she talked about her experiences as a grandparent caregiver.
- In late September, GrAND Voice Melodye James spoke at the Ohio Grandrally with Family Voices United.
- GrAND Voice Bob Ruble was featured in the September/ October Issue of Fostering Families TODAY.
- In October, Annie and Jack Otto attended the State of Grandfamilies release event; Victoria Gray participated in the AZ DCS Annual Leadership Summit; Victoria Gray, Dolores Bryant, and Carmen Kalama attended a conference on the 21st Century Child Welfare System in Los Angeles; and Eugene Vickerson participated in a release event for the Chronicle of Social Change.
- This week, GrAND Voice Joanne Clough participated in a ceremony where Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed two major pieces of legislation, House Bill 1539 and House Bill 2133 (now Act 88 and 89 of 2018), into law.
Proven & Promising Programs
Camp Mariposa: A Place Where Kids Transform
"I think all the kids here understand what I've been through and what everyone else at this camp has been through and it's really, really nice to be around people like that, that understand."
Children impacted by familial substance use disorders have increased risks of developing substance use disorders of their own. At Camp Mariposa, these children find a safe, fun, and supportive environment that is critical to helping break the cycle of addiction.
The camp is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program run by the Eluna and local partners for youth ages nine to twelve who have a family member, most often a parent, with a substance use disorder. Approximately 40 percent of the youth who participate in the Camp Mariposa program live in foster or kinship care
and 40 percent of these children live with a grandparent. It is a no-cost weekend camp that meets six times a year and where campers get to participate in traditional camp activities like canoeing and ropes courses and activities that are combined with education and support exercises that are led by mental health professionals.
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The Annie E. Casey Foundation
has developed a comprehensive training program that teaches foster parents and kin caregivers how to support children who are grappling with trauma. It is available for free
ZERO TO THREE
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Alliance for the Advancement of Infant Mental Health
a set of resources
for parents, caregivers, and professionals working with very young children who have been impacted by separation and other trauma.
The American Bar Association
recently released "
The Opioid Crisis and the Elderly
," which highlights the ways in which the opioid epidemic is affecting older Americans.
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. Look for the next issue in your inbox this February. Sign up for Generations United's weekly e-newsletter, Generations This Week
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