What: Briefing on State of Grandfamilies in America: Promising Policies to Support Children Raised by Relatives
When: Friday, December 4th, 2015 10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
Where: Rayburn House Office Building Room 2103
Children do best in families. When children cannot remain with their parents, the care and comfort of a grandparent, aunt or cousin eases the trauma of separation. Compared to children in non-relative care, children being raised by relatives have more stability, are more likely to maintain connections with brothers and sisters and preserve their cultural heritage and community bonds. Despite growing recognition that keeping children with relatives improves their outcomes, many federal and state policies present barriers to prioritizing and supporting relatives caring for children. Yet some states are leading the way to improving support for these families. This briefing will share highlights from Generations United’s second annual State of Grandfamilies in America report which evaluates all 50 states on the availability of key federal and state policies designed to address barriers and better support the unique needs of this population. Come learn how your state is doing and ways you can support policy changes to help children raised by relatives continue to thrive.
This briefing is co-sponsored by Generations United, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Children’s Defense Fund, Foster Family-Based Foster Treatment Association, Grandfamilies of America, National Kinship Alliance for Children, and Advocates for Families First.
You are also welcome to join us for a reception release event for the report from 5:30 to 7:30 evening before. Visit http://www.gu.org <http://www.gu.org> for details and registration. <http://gu.org/RESOURCES/Publications/StateofGrandfamiliesinAmerica2015.aspx>