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Black Kinship Families – Identifying Needs and Challenges

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The timeless tradition among African American grandfamilies carries on, but the circumstances that necessitate that arrangement and the challenges of caregiving have changed. In this conversation, Karyne Jones, President and CEO of the National Caucus & Center on Black Aging, Inc. (NCBA) and Dr. LaShawnDa L. Pittman, Associate Professor of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington explore some of the societal conditions, policies, biases, and trust issues that African American grandfamilies are challenged by today. Recommendations are provided to help kinship-serving professionals enhance their understanding of African American family culture so that they can better support these grandfamilies and improve service utilization.

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

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