Last week, Generations United launched a virtual release for our new report, Family Matters: Multigenerational Living is on the Rise and Here to Stay, which includes results of a recent national survey of multigenerational households.

It also includes family profiles as well as recommendations for how individuals and the private and public sectors can make it easier, more widespread, and acceptable so that the increasing number of multigenerational families can thrive.

Our Executive Director Donna Butts, who was introduced by our board member and emcee, Jatrice Martel Gaiter, evoked the memory of Margaret Mead during her presentation.

Last week, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act into law. The $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package provides immediate relief for children, older adults, and families, works to address the racial and economic injustices that COVID-19 has exacerbated, cuts child poverty in half in 2021, and creates a National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families. The package includes many important provisions including:

National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Care

  • $10 million to establish a National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families to provide training, technical assistance and resources for government programs, nonprofits, and…

by Ana Beltran and Jaia Lent

Generations United applauds the passage yesterday of the American Rescue Plan Act (H.R. 1319) which includes critical relief to children, families and older adults. Among its provisions, we are thrilled that it provides $10 million for the first ever National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families. Having worked together for over twenty years to help support and elevate the voices of grandfamilies, we at Generations United have long advocated for such a Center to holistically assist the many systems impacting grandfamilies so their services and supports are accessible, leveraged, and maximized.


By Sarah Kastelic and Donna Butts

Sonya Begay, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is one of 2.4 million grandparents raising their grandchildren. It’s not easy. For her, “navigating the child welfare system was really harrowing.” When her grandchildren were removed from her son and daughter-in-law because of alcohol and drug use, the state didn’t contact Begay, who said, “I didn’t know where my grandkids were taken; I just knew they were in custody.”

Unfortunately, compared to all other racial or ethnic groups in the United States, American Indian and Alaska Native children are more likely to live in…

Generations United condemns the insurgence, violence and destruction that took place yesterday in Washington, DC, in the very neighborhood where we are proudly headquartered. We work every day with Members of Congress and their dedicated staff to improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults. We advocate for change within a framework that values our democratic process and differences. We believe in our democracy, which for more than 200 years has stood strong, and the values of which have been passed down from generation to generation. We support the right to peaceful protest and free speech. Yesterday’s lawlessness and…

On December 27, President Trump signed H.R. 133, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, into law. The $1.4 trillion omnibus spending package funds the government for 2021 and includes $900 billion in COVID-19 relief. The COVID-19 relief portion is smaller than we had hoped, but there are many exciting things included in this package. Many important provisions were included because of the advocacy of individuals like you!

Some key provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 that we want to highlight are (NOTE: All page numbers listed are the page numbers within the PDF document. …

This year, change rocked our lives like never before. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems were urged to isolate themselves from young people, which was impossible in some grandfamilies and multigenerational households.

Programs that served young and old together either paused operations or went virtual. These all happened as racial tensions bubbled over with the murder of George Floyd, the latest face added to an all too disturbing mosaic of individuals coldly killed because of the color of their skin. These actions also sparked intergenerational discussions and action in families and communities.

Generations United adapted and pivoted…

During her remarks, Generations United GRAND Voice Member Victoria Gray shared how the COVID-19 pandemic heightened challenges for her family.

Gray’s comments came Thuesday afternoon at Generations United’s virtual release of our 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report, Facing a Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond. Our new report elevates the unique needs of grandfamilies amplified by the pandemic.

We thank our board member Karyne Jones, president and CEO of the National Caucus & center on Black Aged, Inc., for emceeing the event.

According to Jones, Generations United’s report release was timely with September…

by Donna Butts and Adele Robinson

The President promised that, if re-elected, he will pursue a permanent cut to the Payroll Tax Deduction that is the basis of guaranteed funding for and continuation of Social Security. His alternative to use general revenue funds is a recipe for insecurity for millions of future Social Security recipients.

Partners: HFC, AARP, Generations United, Memorywell, National Scholastic Press Association, UsAgainst Alzheimer’s

A family issue that has an intergenerational impact, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (ADRD) often affect the financial security, emotional states, and physical well-being of everyone involved. The Humans of Dementia writing contest was conceived collaboratively by our cohort of organizations in order to bring light to Alzheimer’s by activating the next generation of advocates and allies. Through storytelling, these young writers give voice and heart to ADOD’s staggering statistics.

One of the most feared diseases associated with late-life, the effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementias are catastrophic…

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