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Title: Intergenerational Programming for Foster-Adoptive Families: Creating Community at Hope Meadows

Author (s):  Brenda Krause Eheart, Martha Bauman Power, David Hopping

Abstract:  Generations of Hope serves foster and adoptive children, their adoptive families and older adults through an innovative program that is breaking new ground in the development of caring intergenerational communities. It was created in 1993 as a non-profit social service agency designed to improve the service delivery and policies of the child welfare system; it ended up helping not only foster and adopted children but senior citizens as well. This paper examines critical social issues facing both foster children and senior citizens in the United States and how this program created a neighborhood that combines several generations of kin-like support to meet the needs of these vulnerable groups.  The Generations of Hope model brings together in tangible ways critical shifts in perspective regarding foster care and gerontology. The lessons we have learned speak to research, policy making and practice.

Category: Programming

Keywords: Foster care, adoption, gerontology, successful aging, intergenerational relationships, at-risk children, civic engagement, community building, older adult resources

Reference: Eheart, B. K., Power, M. B., and Hopping, D. E. (2003). Intergenerational Programming for Foster-Adoptive Families: Creating Community at Hope Meadows. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 1(1): 17-28.

Peer-reviewed journal: yes

Link to Full Texthttp://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J194v01n01_04#preview

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