Organization Serving Kinship Families Mobilizes Drive-Through Pick Up to Support Caregivers
With the coronavirus pandemic emptying store shelves and leaving critical items in short supply, the elderly have faced unique challenges stocking their homes with groceries, toiletries and other essentials. In Nevada, Foster Kinship Executive Director Ali Caliendo raced between four different stores to find formula for her 8-month-old son over the weekend.
Deadline Alert: One Day Left to Provide Input on Kinship Care to Federal Advisory Council
Federal policymakers want to hear from the millions of relatives caring for the children of family members about how government can be a helpful partner to them. Relative caregivers of children who would otherwise often be in the foster care system are being asked to share their experiences with federal policymakers.
Eisner Foundation Provides $1 Million for Programs Tying Youth and Seniors
In the wake of a report examining America’s shared spaces for both children and seniors, the Eisner Foundation is investing $1 million to support so-called “intergenerational sites” in Los Angeles. Intergenerational shared sites co-locate services for young people and older adults, with activities and events that bring the two populations together.
Webinars Next Week on Developing Kinship Navigator Programs
With the child welfare system’s reliance on relatives soaring, and more federal resources to assist these families, Generations United is hosting a series of regional webinars next week to help educate stakeholders on building kinship navigator programs, a model designed to connect kin with resources.
One More Week to Weigh in on National Foster Home Licensing Standards
The public has until October 1 to weigh in on a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposal for a first-ever national standard on licensing foster homes. The standards, which HHS was directed to establish as part of the Family First Prevention Services Act, sets expectations for safety precautions and best practices for pre-licensing and home studies.
Wide Public Support for Programs that Pair Youth and Seniors, Little Knowledge of Movement to Build Them
Ask people about intergenerational sites – where older citizens and youth are paired together at the same physical location – and they’ll mostly tell you they have never heard of it.
Partnership Aims to Strengthen Network of American Indian, African-American Kinship Caregivers
As more and more grandparents step up to parent grandchildren, especially in the wake of the current opioid crisis, several organizations are teaming up to create a unique voice and education opportunity for American Indian and African American caregivers.
New Hampshire Bill Paves Way for Grandfamilies Affected by Opioid Crisis
Like many grandparents in New Hampshire, Diane Yeo is starting her life over at age 57. In 2015, Yeo drove three hours to Falmouth, Mass., to pick up her grandchildren after their mother told Yeo that she needed a fix.
Putting Families First
In otherwise contentious and turbulent times, Congress is coming together to support a fundamental American value — family. The Family First Prevention Services Act of 2016 passed the House but now faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
Judy Cockerton: Transforming Foster Care in America, One Community at a Time
Judy Cockerton greets me with a big grin, arms open wide. Cockerton is the founder of the Treehouse Foundation, an organization seeking to impact child welfare practice and promote investment in the nation’s foster and adopted youth through the development of effective programs and practices.