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Regional Affiliates

Regions and states of affiliates

U.S. map box Region 1 - Boston (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
box Region 2 - New York (NY, NJ, PR, VI)
box Region 3 - Philadelphia
     (DE, MD, PA, VA, WV, DC)
box Region 4 - Atlanta
     (AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN)
box Region 5 - Minnesota (IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI)
box Region 6 - Dallas (AK, LA, NM, OK, TX)
box Region 7 - Kansas City (IA, KS, MO, NE)
box Region 8 - Colorado (CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY)
box Region 9 - San Francisco (CA, HI, NV, AZ)
box Region 10 - Seattle (AK, ID, OR, WA)

Regional affiliate defined

The National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren defines regional affiliates as institutions that are actively engaged in knowledge building related to grandparents raising grandchildren, or other kinship care arrangements. Regional affiliates are located in one of 10 geographic regions (listed above).

Institutions targeted as regional affiliates

Universities, community-based service agencies, or foundations may serve as regional affiliates. Regional affiliates must have a well-established practice or research history in the area of grandparents raising grandchildren, or in kinship care in general.

Regional Affiliate responsibilities

A primary task of a regional affiliate is to be the communication link between institutions addressing the needs of families and the National Center. Regional affiliates have an awareness of current services, programs, and research initiatives, training seminars and grant opportunities in their localities that are shared with the National Center for broad dissemination. Members of regional affiliates may also serve as faculty associates with the National Center to provide regional trainings to local practitioners working in the field of kinship care. Regional affiliates participate in quarterly conference calls with the National Center.

Regional affiliate benefits

Regional affiliates will:

Financial obligation

There is no financial obligation to become a regional affiliate with the National Center. 

Regional affiliate work relationship

Regional affiliates have the opportunity to collaborate on research and practice initiatives with other affiliates.  Affiliates may also co-sponsor skill-based or topic-based trainings and workshops at identified regions. In addition, affiliates may collaborate on funding opportunities.

Other kinship care organizations

There are several aging and child welfare agencies performing significant work to promote grandparents raising grandchildren through program development, policy advocacy and knowledge building. The National Center focuses its efforts on expanding the knowledge and skills of practitioners and researchers and to support the well-being of grandparents and the grandchildren under their care.