GENERATIONS UNITED GRANDFAMILIES & KINSHIP SUPPORT NETWORK
Across the USA.
"Six and half million children across the country live in grandfamilies, families headed by grandparents and other relatives who share their homes with their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and/or other related children."
In many grandfamilies, grandparents are the primary caregivers without the presence of parent.
Some of the challenges grandparents raising grandchildren may face include:
-Enrolling grandchildren in school and accessing education
-Getting consent for medical and mental health treatment
-Securing financial assistance and health insurance coverage
-Finding affordable housing suitable for the children
The Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network website has useful detailed information on help for grandparents related to Housing, Education, Health, Legal and Financial issues.
Generations United advocates for grandparents through supporting federal laws and initiatives designed to help grandfamilies such as:
-Child Welfare and Support
-Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act
-Living Equitably Grandparents Aiding Children and Youth
-National Family Caregiver Support Program
-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
In addition to the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network, Generations United also funds the Grandfamilies State Law and Policy Resource Center which serves as a national legal resource in support of grandfamilies and provides:
-A database of laws and legislation affecting grandfamilies
-Personal grandparent and grandfamily stories
-Helpful resources and publications
-Information on - adoption, care and custody, education, financial assistance, foster care licensing, fostering connections, housing, kinship navigator programs, medical, national family caregiver support program, notification of relatives, and subsidized guardianship.
The Center is a collaboration between the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law and Generations United.
source: gu.org, grandfamilies.org
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