Project

Grand Voices Racial Equity Initiative

Elevating and Strengthening African American and Native American Grandfamilies

The purpose of the Grand Voices Racial Equity Initiative project is to improve culturally-appropriate supports and services to African American and Native American grandfamilies by elevating their voices, perspectives, and expertise to inform and influence policy, practice, and research.

Working with the National Indian Child Welfare Association and A Second Chance Inc, Generations United will recruit and prepare family caregivers to join our GrAND Voices network, a proven group of family caregiver advocates who educate, represent and testify about their grandfamily situation. The project will equip caregivers with actionable knowledge to help them work together with other advocates to improve services to their families and address racial inequities.

Specifically, Generations United will engage the grandfamily caregivers in:

  • Raising awareness with federal and state policy makers and tribal leaders
  • Elevating visibility in the press of the valuable role and need for supportive services for the families
  • Community-based projects to improve local supports and services for grandfamilies
  • Creation of toolkits and other resources for organizations serving African American and Native American grandfamilies
  • Development of an action agenda to promote evidence-based practices for serving the families.

Resources:

View our GrAND Network here

Fact sheet for African American Grandfamilies 

Fact sheet for American Indian and Alaskan Native Grandfamilies 

Partners:

National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is a private, nonprofit membership organization that works to support the safety, health and spiritual strength of American Indian and Alaska Native children along the broad continuum of their lives. NICWA supports tribes in building the capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect through positive systems change at the state, federal and tribal levels,

A Second Chance Inc. (ASCI) founded by Dr. Sharon McDaniel in 1994, serves as a community-based organization whereby child welfare agencies can refer families, children, and youth for holistic professional services. ASCI’s mission is to provide a safe, secure, and nurturing environment to children who are being cared for by their relatives or a close family friend – formally called “kinship care.”

Duration: September 1, 2017- August 31, 2020