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New NTTAC Webinar – March 2: Supporting Grandfamilies

 
 
 
NEW WEBINAR!
When Grandfamilies Are Supported, Young Children Thrive!
 
Wednesday, March 2
4:30-5:30 p.m. ET / 3:30-4:30 p.m. CT / 2:30-3:30 p.m. MT / 1:30-2:30 p.m. PT / 12:30-1:30 p.m. AKT / 11:30-10:30 a.m. HT (view your time zone)
 
 
Description:
Grandfamilies—or formal and informal kinship families—are families in which children are being raised by grandparents, other extended family members, or adults with whom children have a close relationship, such as godparents or family friends. Currently across states, territories, and tribes, there are more children being raised in grandfamilies outside of the child welfare system than being raised by kin in the child welfare system. There are many reasons grandfamilies come together: abuse and neglect, parent military deployment, incarceration, parents coping with substance misuse or mental health issues, serious illness, or death. Research and practice demonstrates that connections with kin are essential to child development and behavioral health outcomes—particularly for children who are experiencing family crises that can be traumatic. In fact, compared to children living with non-relative foster parents, children in grandfamilies experience greater stability and better behavioral health outcomes. Caregivers who lead grandfamilies are often able to step in at a moment’s notice to provide loving homes and care for children, yet they face unique challenges in addressing legal, financial, educational, and housing needs. This webinar will help early care and education (ECE) providers and program leaders learn about the important strengths and challenges faced by grandfamilies.
 
 
Webinar Objectives:
  • Appreciate how children who cannot remain with their parents can thrive when raised by relatives or close family friends
  • Understand benefits to grandfamily caregivers of providing care
  • Learn about legal, caregiving, and financial challenges grandfamilies face when taking formal or informal custody of children
  • Understand culturally appropriate practices for engaging with grandfamilies from communities of color
  • Attain a better understanding of which organizations to connect with in order to consider programming to support grandfamilies
  • Learn ways program leaders, advocates, and policymakers can support grandfamily caregivers and the social-emotional development of the children in their care from an intergenerational, dual-capacity building perspective
 
 
Audience:
This webinar is intended for ECE providers who work with infants, toddlers, and young children from birth up through third grade, practitioners in ECE and early elementary school settings, and program leaders.

 

 
Meet the Facilitators
Dr. Glenda Clare is the Founder of the Fragile Families NETWORK. She has served as the head of a grandfamily. She became the legal guardian of her cousin’s child in 2003. Dr. Clare is also a licensed behavioral health professional, health educator, certified coach, technical assistance provider, an author, and a speaker. She earned her master’s degree in Counseling, specializing in substance abuse and career counseling, at North Carolina Central University. She completed doctoral studies in Counselor Education, specializing in addiction and family counseling, at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Clare brings lived experience raising a relative’s child to her work focusing on grandfamilies.
Jane A. Walker is a founding member and for six years served as the first Executive Director of the Family-Run Executive Director Leadership Association (FREDLA), a partner in the National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) with CARS. Ms. Walker now serves as Senior Advisor to FREDLA. Prior to FREDLA, Ms. Walker was the founder and former Executive Director of the Maryland Coalition of Families for Children’s Mental Health, the statewide family network in Maryland. She brings more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit world and, most importantly, 30 years of caring for her daughter, Cathy, who experienced mental health challenges at a very young age. For this reason, Ms. Walker is a strong advocate for early childhood mental health. Ms. Walker was also one of the founders of the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health and served as the President of the Board from 1993-95. Ms. Walker has a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland School of Social Work and recently completed a Certificate in Leadership in Public Policy from The Harvard Kennedy School. Ms. Walker is the recipient of numerous awards for her leadership and advocacy.
 
 
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This announcement is supported by SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award over five years (2020-2025) with 100 percent funded by SAMHSA/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by SAMHSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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