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Black Kinship Families and Culturally Appropriate Engagement

Video screenshots of Karyne Jones and Dr. Anita Thomas

This 12-minute video presents a conversation between Karyne Jones, President and CEO of the National Caucus & Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA), and Anita Thomas, PhD, Executive Vice President and Provost of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Dr. Thomas is an expert on culturally affirming counseling approaches with African American families. Dr. Thomas and Ms. Jones discuss Black family structures and cultural strengths, the importance of strength-based approaches from direct-service professionals, the key role played by trusted community organizations (such as churches), and the terms “kinship families” and “grandfamilies.” The key takeaways document collects quotes from the video that emphasize these topics. This short video can serve as a brief tool for professional development, whether as a standalone effort, a part of a larger endeavor, a taste to spark more learning, or a refresher covering familiar concepts.

NCBA is one of the primary partners of the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network.

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