With the support of Casey Family Programs, Generations United built and manages the GrAND Voices network, a select group of kinship caregivers from around the country who have a range of expertise and personal experience as grandparents and other relatives who have raised children when their parents have been unable to raise them.
In 2017, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan invested $750,000 over three years to elevate and strengthen African American and Native American Grandfamilies as part of the GrAND Voices network. Generations United is working on this initative in partnership with National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and A Second Chance, Inc.
The GrAND Voices racial equity initiative will include community-based projects to improve local supports and services for grandfamilies. The project will culminate with the creation of toolkits and other resources for organizations serving Native American and African American grandfamilies, and the release of an action agenda to promote evidence-based practices for serving the families.
GrAND Voices has 69 current members in 44 states, the District of Columbia and 12 tribes. To see the members, visit www.gu.org/explore-our-topics/grandfamilies/grand-network/.
What's the purpose of GrAND?
GrAND is designed to ensure there are strong caregiver voices in shaping programs, policies and strategies that result in better outcomes for children and families. GrAND Voices promote improvements to the child welfare system and other supportive services both inside and outside of the child welfare system.
- Advocate on behalf of kinship caregivers at the federal, state and local levels
- Provide input on draft publications and other materials for kinship families
- Model the value of caregiver engagement
- Foster leadership development
How do I join?
The states without GrAND Voices are Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, North Dakota, and South Dakota. If you're from one of the states not represented yet, and are interested in joining, please contact Diane Roznowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.