The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center,* is funded through a five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living (ACL). Generations United will be coordinating the work of five partners, the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, the National Indian Child Welfare Association, USAging, ZERO TO THREE, and Child Trends. A diverse steering committee of the nation’s leading experts on kinship and grandfamilies, including caregivers from the GRAND Voices Network, will also support the Network.
“The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is honored to join a group of partners preeminent in their fields, under the leadership of Generations United, to operate the National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families. At NICWA, we regularly talk to grandparents and other relatives who are trying to navigate the child welfare system and provide loving care for their relative children. Research shows that when children can’t remain at home, they fare best in kinship placements. Yet all too often, policy and funding streams make it challenging to work across age groups and address specific needs of different populations. The Center will play a powerful role in generating resources and providing technical assistance to states, territories, and American Indian and Alaska Native tribes to increase support for Grandfamilies and kinship families, keeping more children safely connected to their family, community, and culture.”
– Sarah Kastelic, PhD, MSW, citizen of the Native Village of Ouzinkie and Executive Director, NICWA
* The Network is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $9,950,000 with 95 percentage funded by ACL/HHS and $523,684 and 5 percentage funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.