August 11, 2022
Hello Friends of Grandfamilies,

Below you will find some recent updates and resources from the field. If you know anyone who may be interested in receiving these alerts, please forward this to them and/or encourage them to sign up here.
Webinar: Cultural Responsiveness in Intergenerational Programs 
Join Generations United on August 16th at 2 p.m. ET for a webinar on the importance of cultural responsiveness in intergenerational programming. The virtual event, co-hosted by the National Indian Child Welfare Association and the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, will include examples of organizations bringing younger and older people together in diverse communities and provide practical recommendations for designing programs and activities that reflect different cultural norms and values. This virtual webinar is free and open to the public. Register today! 
Intergenerational Program of Distinction or Program of Merit Certification
Generations United is now accepting applications to recognize outstanding intergenerational programs that are connecting younger and older people in the United States. The Program of Distinction and Program of Merit (new in 2022) designations are based on the criteria that underpin the effectiveness of any intergenerational program and are intended to recognize the rich diversity among programs that involve older and younger generations. Applications are due August 22, 2022. Learn more and apply!

Reimagining Intergenerational Housing Webinar
Join Generations United and Nesterly for a webinar on August 23, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. ET exploring the emerging continuum of intergenerational living approaches, including home sharing, and how communities and organizations can help advance them. Presenters will include Donna Butts of Generations United and Noelle Marcus of Nesterly. Register today!
Exemplary Kinship/Grandfamilies Policy, Practice, and Program Designation
The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center (Network) is seeking to identify and designate exemplary kinship/grandfamilies policies, practices, and programs to elevate good work and share exemplary strategies with others. The Network encourages applications from government agencies in states, tribes, and territories, as well as private kinship navigator programs and other community-based organizations that serve grandfamilies and kinship families. Apply today! For more information, check out the application.

We're Hiring! Join Our Team!
Generations United and its Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network are looking to fill two open positions. Please help us spread the word! Learn more about the positions.

Generations United is hiring a Senior Manager, Intergenerational Initiatives to join our intergenerational program team. The primary responsibilities of this new position are to lead our work to amplify and support our diverse intergenerational programs initiative; manage grant-funded and other ongoing initiatives; deliver training and technical assistance; develop resources; and engage with our members and network. Preference is given to applications received before August 17, 2022. 

The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network is seeking a new Project Assistant. The Project Assistant is an integral part of the Network team and provides important project support that helps improve programs and services for grandfamilies and kinship families

Share Your Story: Paid Leave
and Child Care
The Committee of Ways and Means of the United States House of Representatives invites women across the nation to share their stories. Tell them about your daily lives without paid leave or child care, and why access is so important. If you have access, tell them how these critical benefits have changed your life, allowed you to return to the workforce, care for parents, spouses or partners, children, and other loved ones, and more. They want to hear from you and get the message out there. Submissions are due by August 15th. Learn more here

Ohio Federation for Health Equity and Social Justice: The Virtual Kinship National Town Hall
September 9th, 1:00pm-4:00pm EST
  • Hear from the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services about national efforts to support kin and what may be on the horizon.
  • Learn what federal legislators believe Congress can do to elevate kinship families.
  • Support fellow caregivers as they share their stories about their caregiving experiences, highlighting their challenges and needs.
  • Explore the work of organizations that aim to support kin families through advocacy, support groups, and services.
  • Hear from a celebrity guest who will elevate their kinship story and how it shaped who they are today.
Register here or for more information contact Ron Browder,
Child Welfare Virtual Expo on
September 28
Learn about prioritizing lived expertise in child welfare at this year’s Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE)! This event will explore the power of intentionally partnering with people with lived experience and expertise to transform child welfare systems and better serve and support children, youth, and families. At this year’s CWVE, you’ll attend sessions designed and led by young adults and family representatives with lived experience and child welfare expertise, working with Center for States staff and other partners. Explore the CWVE website to learn more about this year’s CWVE!
Racial Equity Toolkits 
These tools are designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, so they can better serve all grandfamilies. Generations United has produced a toolkit for American Indian and Alaska Native grandfamilies, African-American grandfamilies, and Latino grandfamilies
Methods and Emerging Strategies to Engage People with Lived Experience Brief
This brief from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation identifies methods and emerging strategies to engage people with lived experience in federal research, programming, and policymaking. It draws on lessons learned from federal initiatives across a range of human services areas to identify ways that federal staff can meaningfully and effectively engage people with lived experience. Read the brief here.
GRAND Voice Talks about
Mental Health
Generations United GRAND Voice, Santana Lee was highlighted in a YouTube clip by the Milwaukee County Department of Health and Human Services talking about mental health as a caregiver. Watch it here!
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The Grandfamilies Team