Kinship care is a familiar practice in Latino families. Latinos have a long history of valuing community and emphasizing family including helping raise children in need of temporary or permanent families. While there is an informal tradition of Latino kinship care, factors such as forced family separation due to immigration enforcement, child welfare involvement, incarceration, and substance use have changed the landscape and needs of these caregivers and children. As the numbers of Latino families increase in the U.S., it is urgent we provide culturally appropriate and effective services to grandfamilies.
Join Generations United for a virtual release event on a new resource designed to give resources and tips to child welfare agencies, other government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, so they can better serve all Latino grandfamilies regardless of child welfare involvement. Participants will hear an overview of the toolkit Latino Grandfamilies: Helping Children Thrive Through Connection to Family and Cultural Identity and learn about the unique strengths and challenges of Latino grandfamilies and tips and techniques for supporting them.
Dr. Lynette Fraga, CEO - Child Care Aware® of America
Ana Beltran, Director, National Technical Assistance Center on Grandfamilies and Kinship Families - Generations United
Dr. Kristina Lovato, MSW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work - California State University, Long Beach
Mercedes Bristol, GRAND Voice - Generations United
Ana Lora, GRAND Voice - Generations United
Arianna Cisneros, Program Officer - W.K. Kellogg Foundation
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