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Happy New Year, everyone! We look forward to another year of providing assistance, resources, and webinars and sharing additional information and opportunities from around the field. As always, we are here to support you in your efforts to serve kinship/grandfamilies.

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Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in Kinship Families

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET

In 2022, over 128,000 children entered the U.S. with no lawful immigration status and no parent or guardian immediately available to provide care. Around 60% of these children were released into the care of sponsors who are kin, elevating the need for kinship programs to be aware of this special population. This webinar will provide more information about these kinship families and the unique challenges they face and explore opportunities to provide culturally relevant services to these families in your community. Our presenter is Emily Smith Goering, MSW, PhD.

Learn More & Register for January 18
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Leveraging Data to Understand Kinship/Grandfamilies and Inform Policy and Practice

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. ET

High-quality data is critical for informing changes to policy and practice that meaningfully improve the experiences and well-being of kinship/grandfamilies. Researchers from Child Trends will provide an overview of how existing data sources can be used and combined in innovative and creative ways to provide meaningful information about kinship/grandfamilies. Our presenter is Brittany P. Mihalec-Adkins, PhD, Research Scientist I, Child Welfare, Child Trends.

Learn More & Register for February 13


Don't Miss the Deadline to Apply for Bridging Systems for Kinship Families

Apply by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 30 for the chance to be one of two jurisdictions – states, territories, and/or large counties – receiving in-depth support from Network experts. The application is short, but the benefits will endure! The goal is to improve collaboration across government systems and nonprofit service providers, address service barriers, and leverage resources to maximize support of all kinship families, whether they are involved in the child welfare system or not. The Network's support, all free of charge, will focus on collaborative goals identified by the lead agencies and their partners.

Our partners at the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) also have a separate application for tribes and tribal organizations. Please note that our partners and subject matter expert at NICWA will be available to assist jurisdictions that apply to the Network program and want to better engage with tribes and Native families. The NICWA-led opportunity is specifically for applicants that are tribes and Native-serving organizations. Applications to the NICWA-led opportunity are due by 11:59 p.m. PT on March 18, 2024. 

Learn More About the Network-Led Opportunity & Apply by January 30

What's New From the Network?

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Kinship Care Project at Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. and High Country Caregivers in North Carolina

We are thrilled to continue our announcements of our Exemplary Kinship/Grandfamilies Program Designation recipients by sharing our write-ups of the Kinship Care Project at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Inc. and High Country Caregivers in North Carolina.

Learn More About the Kinship Care Project
Learn More About High Country Caregivers

How Relative Caregivers Can Advocate for Relative Native Children in State Child Welfare Agency Custody

The National Indian Child Welfare Association developed this resource as a tip sheet for tribal service providers to share with relatives seeking to become caregivers for children involved with state child welfare systems. The resource can also be helpful to relatives who want to support these children in ways other than serving as their full-time placement.

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Family Resource Center Services and Supports for Kinship/Grandfamilies

This fact sheet is for professionals working within an array of government systems and nonprofit organizations that support (or want to support) kinship/grandfamilies. It highlights services that Family Resource Centers commonly offer, which could benefit the families you serve.

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Monthly Resource

Grandfamily Support Groups: Seven Tips for Getting Started

Many kin caregivers count peer support groups as the lifeline that helps them carry on. This two-page resource provides seven tips for starting such a group. We are grateful to our partners at ZERO TO THREE for their leadership in producing these monthly resources and to Network Subject Matter Expert and Generations United GRAND Voice Gail Engel and GRAND Voice Victoria Gray for allowing us to share their words. Victoria Gray also reviewed the content of the resource.

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Share This!

Please like and/or share our LinkedIn post about the Bridging Systems for Kinship Families opportunity. It’s available here.

Individual Technical Assistance Spotlight

The Network is responding free of charge to individual technical assistance (TA) requests from professionals who work in systems and organizations that serve kinship/grandfamilies. To date, we have responded to TA requests from 47 states and territories.

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To request assistance on the array of issues impacting kinship/grandfamilies, please complete our request assistance form.

Here is an example TA request and response.


My organization wants to be more intentional about serving diverse kinship families in a culturally appropriate way. What resources do you have to offer? 


The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network has several resources related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we are planning more. Check out the three resources below to learn more about serving unaccompanied immigrant children, Black kinship families, and Indigenous communities. 

Supporting Kinship Families of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

Black Kinship Families and Culturally Appropriate Engagement  

Connecting with Families in Black and Indigenous Communities

To make an individual request, please complete this form and we will get in touch.

What's New Around the Network?

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Using Asset-Based Community Development To Support Children Involved in Mental Health and Child Welfare Systems – Webinar

National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems

Monday, January 22, 2024, 2 p.m. ET

Asset-based community development (ABCD) is a strengths-based approach that centers identifying and mobilizing existing community resources, skills, and services on a local level to meet individual needs. ABCD benefits communities and the people who are a part of them by building capacity, helping community members realize their own strengths and potential, and forming partnerships to achieve long-term change. In this webinar, panelists will discuss how communities can get started with ABCD and outline how ABCD can be used to support children outside of formal service systems and keep them in the least restrictive placements with their families and natural supports.

Learn More and Register for January 22

Expanding Access to Service Coordination: Two Models of Braiding Funding - Webinar

Housing and Services Resource Center

Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 2 p.m. ET

Many older adults, people with disabilities, and people who are experiencing (or are at risk of experiencing) homelessness would benefit from improved access to service coordination, which identifies and connects the services and supports that people want and need. One strategy to increase access to service coordination and maximize the use of existing resources in a sustainable way is “braiding,” which involves lacing together funds from multiple sources, each funding unique activities, to support a common goal while maintaining the specific program identity of each individual funding source.  

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Learn More and Register for January 31
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More kids are living with their grandparents. Can safety net policy keep up?

Brookings Institution

According to the authors of this research brief, since 2000, the share of children in the U.S. living with at least one grandparent has increased by more than 36%. While this data point includes multigenerational households in which the parents are also present, the report also specifically notes an increase in “skip-generation households” and an increase in white children living in these arrangements. Network staff were pleased to speak to the authors as they were preparing their piece, and we appreciate that they link to the Network’s Kinship Navigator Programs Around the United States resource.

Read the Research

Notable Funding Opportunity

Aim High: Supporting Out-of-School Time Programs Serving Middle School Youth is a competitive grant opportunity that seeks to support and bolster the ability of afterschool and summer learning programs to help prepare middle school students for success in high school, college, and life. Nonprofits can apply for either a one-year grant or a two-year grant. The program will award 20 one-year grants of $15,000, 10 two-year grants of $25,000 per year, and 10 two-year grants of $50,000 per year. Applications are due by 5 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 1, 2024.

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The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network is the first-ever national technical assistance center for those who serve grandfamilies and kinship families. It was created to help guide lasting, systemic reforms. The Network is a new way to collaborate, to work across jurisdictional and systemic boundaries, to eliminate silos, and to help one another and be helped in return. Thank you for being part of it.

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The Network is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $9,950,000 with 95 percentage funded by ACL/HHS and $523,684 and 5 percentage funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.