New York Life Foundation Awards $319,000 To The AARP Foundation
Two-Year Grant Supports New York Program for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The AARP Foundation announced a two-year, $319,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to provide support to the Integrated Kinship Caregiving Initiative of AARP in New York State. The initiative provides advanced training to front-line professionals who work with grandparents or other relatives who are raising grandchildren.
“We are incredibly grateful for New York Life Foundation’s continued support. Since 2003 the New York Life Foundation has granted AARP over $1 million in support of this unique program, which offers guidance and support to meet the special needs of grandparents and other relatives raising grandchildren,” said Lois Aronstein, AARP New York State director.
“We are proud to partner with the AARP Foundation in their efforts to meet the needs of close to 400,000 New York grandchildren being raised by grandparents or other relatives,” said Chris Park, president, New York Life Foundation. “We are pleased to announce our continued support of the program as we approach National Grandparents Day, which celebrates the wisdom and heritage grandparents provide.”
The grant supports the education of:
* Caseworkers, who support grandparents to ensure that they are informed and understand legal and financial resources and tools available to the grandchildren and caregivers;
* School workers/counselors, to bridge the gap between the school system and social welfare agency caseworkers so that grandchildren being raised by grandparents or relatives can receive more holistic support in addressing their needs;
* Legal professionals, to keep them abreast of specific legal developments unique to these relationships; and
* Correctional facilities, to enable them to better inform incarcerated parents of the services and resources available to support grandchildren and the family members who are caring for them while they are incarcerated.
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