With the support of Casey Family Programs, Generations United is continuing to build the Grandfamilies Advocacy Network Demonstration (GrAND). GrAND consists of a select group of kinship caregivers from key states who have a range of expertise and personal experience as relatives who have raised children when their parents have been unable to raise them.
GrAND has current members in Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington State, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The goal is to eventually elevate kinship caregiver voices in all 50 states.
What's the purpose of GrAND?
GrAND is designed to ensure there are strong caregiver voices in shaping programs, policies and strategies that result in better outcomes for children and families. GrAND advocates promote improvements to the child welfare system and other supportive services both inside and outside of the child welfare system.
- Advocate on behalf of kinship caregivers at the federal, state and local levels
- Provide input on draft publications and other materials for kinship families
- Model the value of caregiver engagement
- Foster leadership development
How do I join?
If you're from one of the states not represented yet, and are interested in joining, contact Adam Otto at Generations United, firstname.lastname@example.org