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Grandfamilies Policy
http:///Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies works to create supportive programs and laws for grandfamilies, and improve access to them. Center staff conduct federal advocacy and provide technical assistance to state level practitioners and advocates. The Center is a proud partner of the Advocates for Families First collaborative which enhances advocacy and support of kinship, foster and adoptive families.

Generations United recently convened its fourth gathering of national grandfamilies/kinship care experts to coordinate and prioritize the collective work of the field. View the resulting Blueprint, which will guide our future work. 

In over a third of grandfamilies, grandparents provide primary care and support without the presence of parent. Some common problems encountered by grandfamilies include:
  • Enrolling children in school
  • Obtaining special education services
  • Getting consent for medical and mental health treatment
  • Securing financial assistance and health insurance coverage
  • Finding affordable housing suitable for the children
Despite the challenges, research shows that the children in grandfamilies thrive. Caregivers also experience benefits like an increased sense of purpose in life. Below, find resources on federal laws and initiatives designed to help grandfamilies.
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    More than 6.5 million children across the country are living in households maintained by grandparents or other relatives. 

    On Sept. 29, President Obama signed the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R. 4980) into law. The new legislation includes key provisions that help Grandfamilies by empowering youth and caregiver voices, prioritizing relative care and promoting permanency. Learn more

    Global Intergenerational Conference
    June 13-16, 2017
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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