Oct. 10, 2018
During her presentation, Terri Aguilar-Flemming, a social worker for Casey Family Programs in the Yakima Field Office, shared stories of grandfamilies* impacted by immigration. (Drop down for a definition of grandfamilies.)
Terri’s presentation came last night, when Generations United celebrated the 20th anniversary of our National Center on Grandfamilies and released our new report, Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration.
Our board member, Mary Anne Mason, kicked off the event.
Shout out to our other board members who were present.
Shout out also to our strategic advisor who was present.
We were happy to hear from Lance Robertson, assistant secretary for aging and chief of the Administration on Community Living within the Department of Health and Human Services.
Donna commemorated our 20 years of working on behalf of grandfamilies by thanking staff and encouraging attendees to look at the overview for highlights and accomplishments.
Then Donna dove into the report’s findings.
“The family unit should be respected and protected as required by the laws in all 50 states,” Donna said before mentioning the statement Generations United issued when the increased immigration enforcement resulted in children being separated from their families.
Our report includes these other highlights.
Donna closed with a recommendation on our country’s next steps.
Next up was Terri Aguilera-Flemming.
She shared Maria and Jose’s story as examples of the challenges faced by grandfamilies with immigrant family members.
Another example are the Olsons.
Our board member and emcee, Mary Anne Mason, closed the event. And we continued the celebration.
Great evening attending the Generations United event. #grandfamilies18
Check out our report, Love Without Borders: Grandfamilies and Immigration.
*Grandfamilies or kinship families are families in which children reside with and are being raised by grandparents, other extended family members, and adults with whom they have a close family-like relationship such as godparents and close family friends. (Back to the beginning.)