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The 2017 Global Intergenerational Conference
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Generations United's National Center on Grandfamilies works to enact policies and promote programs to help grandfamilies address challenges.

Grandfamilies or kinship families are families in which children reside with and are being raised by grandparents, other extended family members, and adults with whom they have a close family-like relationship such as godparents and close family friends. About 7.8 million children across the country live in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. About 2.7 million grandparents report they are responsible for their grandchildren's needs. In about a third of these homes neither of the children's parents are in the home. 

Despite facing many barriers, research shows that the children in grandfamilies thrive. Caregivers also experience benefits like an increased sense of purpose in life.

Generations United is part of the Advocates for Families First partnership with the National Foster Parent Association and the North American Council on Adoptable Children. Together, we raise the voices of kinship, foster, and adoptive families. Learn more

Grandfamilies: A Blueprint for Coordinated Action

Generations United will be releasing our State of Grandfamilies in America 2016 report in September this year. The release will coincide with Grandparents Day. Stay tuned for more updates, but in the meantime, check out our Grandparents Day website to learn about ways you can be engaged.


Senators Hatch (R-UT) & Wyden (D-OR) plan to introduce the Family First Act, bipartisan child welfare legislation that will provide funding for prevention services to help grandfamilies. Learn more.
You can contact your members of Congress to tell them you care about supporting grandfamilies. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to be directed to their offices.

Challenging Issues for Grandfamilies
Common challenges faced by many grandfamilies include:


For information on state laws and policies affecting grandfamilies visit the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center at www.grandfamilies.org.

For success stories from children raised in grandfamilies read Grand Successes: Stories of lives well-raised.

If your grandfamily needs assistance, visit Grand Fact Sheets to connect with local resources in your area.
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