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Listen as Family Voices United members share how support can make a difference for kinship families. Learn how constituents are taking action, getting involved, and building the movement! Click here to listen. 

Podcast Features: 

Sonya Begay, GrAND Voices Network Member

Toni Miner, Birth Parent National Network Member

Michelle Ziko, FosterClub Young Leader 

Norma Hatfield, GrAND Voices Network Member

Grandfamilies or kinship families are families in which children reside with andare being raised by grandparents, other extended family members, and adults with whom they have a close family-like relationship such as godparents and close family friends. About 7.8 million children across the country live in households headed by grandparents or other relatives. Despite facing many barriers, research shows that the children in grandfamilies thrive. Caregivers also experience benefits like an increased sense of purpose in life. Learn more at (supported by Generations United).

New funding under Family First Prevention Services Act expands support for Kinship Families. Learn more by going to and searching “New
Opportunities for Kinship Families.”

Resources mentioned on the podcast: 

New Opportunities for Kinship Families: Action Steps to Implement the Family First Prevention Services Act in Your Community

Guidance from the Children's Bureau on Constituent and Family Engagement (ACYF-CB-IM-19-03)

National Indian Child Welfare Act 

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