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RECENT/UPCOMING EVENTS It has been a while since this page has been updated, but staff at GrandFamilies have not been idle. Both the president (Pat Owens) and Vice-president (Sharon Olson) have been dealing with some health problems, but still attending meetings in their respective communities and also been participating in numerous conferences. I am leaving the material below (there are three updates, one is the date for Generations United upcoming conference and two other exciting appearances Pat and Sharon are making or have made. If you have an event or something you would like posted on this link, please e-mail Pat Owens as owenspat@aol.com. NEW-week of January 15th (next week) Sharon is being acknowledged with a huge honor by the Casey Foundation with their Kinship Award. Casey staff traveled to Minnesota to film Sharon and her family for the event, and Sharon’s granddauther that she raised and who now is a certified beautician, was filmed doing Sharon’s hair. We are so proud of Sharon as she has been a pioneer in knship since it began. NEW-Pat Owens was honored to speak at a Congressional hearing to unveil the wonderful document developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation Casey called “Kids Count”. Casey really came through with their study on the informal caregiver as promised. The event was largely attended and I was very honored to be a part of this event. Our cherished friends, Mary Bissell and Jennifer Miller of Child Focus Partners worked side by side with the Annie E. Casey Foundation on this report. You would be well served to research both of their web sites, as the information contained there is priceless. www.childfocus and www.theannieecaseyfoundation NEW It's Award Season at Generations United Hollywood isn't the only place kicking off its award season. Generations United is seeking nominations for outstanding organizations and individuals that make significant contributions towards intergenerational communities. We'll present the awards during our 17th International Conference in Washington, D.C. Starting on July 30th and running through August, 2013. Deadline to submit a nomination: March 30, 2013. Learn more. Contact Leah at lbradley@gu.org with questions or to request a different format for the application. Back by popular demand, GrandRally 4 was held on September 15th at 1:00 p.m.2011, at the U. S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., as grandparents and other relative caregivers from across the country took part in the 4th National GrandRally. The GrandRally is a powerful way to gain lawmakers’ attention and to focus on the importance of relative caregivers—the challenges they face and the contributions they make. In the midst of scarce resources and a tumultuous economy, relative caregivers keep children safe and in stable homes. The GrandRally is an golden opportunity to celebrate, create momentum, expand awareness and build upon the success from previous Grand Rallies. There were additional activities planned for the day before.Grandfamilies of America, once again was a leading sponsor of this event, and a grand time was held by all. The Annual Urban Child Symposium, Center For Families, Children and the Courts, University of Baltimore School of Law, was held on April 7, 2011 from 8:30 to 5:00 p.mThe title of the symposium is Straight Talk: A Facilitated Discussion. This was a great opportunity for caregivers to get their message to the courts out there and I am truly honored to have been asked to participate. Pat Owens, President/CEO of GrandFamilies Of America was a panelist on the above panel. AARP will be filming a piece paying tribute to grandparent advocates and their accomplishments on March 22, 2011. Showing time to be announced soon. AARP filmed and featuring Pat Owens and her grandson Michael for that presentation on March 22, 2011. During this filming, Pat will attempt to pay tribute to all of the grandparent/relative caregivers across the country who have given a voice to this population. Michael Owens, grandson/son of Pat Owens, President/CEO of GrandFamilies Of America spoke at the capitol in support of not making any cuts to Social Security. More than 300 supporters of Social Security turned out at an event on Capitol Hill to stand in support of this important intergenerational program. Among them, 16 year old Michael Owens gave his testimony about the impact Social Security has had in his life. Michael's grandparents raised him since the day he was born. When he was four, they became his legal guardians. Unfortunately, before he could be legally adopted by both of them, his grandpa passed away in 2006. But in 2008 his grandma carried through with the adoption and ever since then he’s been fortunate to receive Social Security. Even at the age of 16, Michael knows how important Social Security is for his family.” Social Security means a lot of things to me, especially since my grandpa died. It helps my grandma and me with the basic things, but also means I can do things that other children get to do, like participating in sports. My grandma takes very good care of me, but we could not survive without Social Security.” Later in the event, five U.S. Senators announced their support for protecting Social Security for today’s recipients and future beneficiaries. Social Security is not just political, but personal to everyone.

 

 




 

 

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