With the support of Casey Family Programs, Generations United built and manages the GRAND Voices network, a select group of kinship caregivers from around the country who have a range of expertise and personal experience as grandparents and other relatives who have raised children when their parents have been unable to raise them.
In 2017, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan invested $750,000 over three years to elevate and strengthen African American and Native American Grandfamilies as part of the GRAND Voices network. Generations United partnered on this initiative with the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and A Second Chance, Inc. The project culminated in 2020 with toolkits for serving Native American and African American grandfamilies. In late 2020, W.K. Kellogg provided additional support to expand GRAND Voices to include more Latino/Hispanic voices and to create a toolkit for serving those grandfamilies. That toolkit will be released in late 2021.
GrAND Voices has 72 current members in 45 states, the District of Columbia and 11 tribes. To see the members, visit www.gu.org/explore-our-topics/grandfamilies/grand-network/.
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 Voices 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?
The states without GRAND Voices are Arkansas, Delaware, Hawaii, North Dakota, and South Dakota. If you're from one of the states not represented yet, and are interested in joining, please contact Diane Roznowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.