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Policy Impact

What are Intergenerational Policies?
Generations United believes that public policy should meet the needs of all generations and that resources are more wisely used when they connect generations rather than separate them.  Generations United promotes an intergenerational approach to framing public policies that impact children, youth and older adults. To find out more about how we determine the impact of intergenerational policies across the generations, see our Impact Assessment for Intergenerational Legislation.

Policy issues are examined by looking at the impact across the entire life span and how they affect the whole of society and multigenerational interactions.  Generations United recognizes a public policy issue as intergenerational when it either:

  • Incorporates an intergenerational approach to addressing an issue
  • Has an impact across the generations

Policy Impact
For the past 25 years, Generations United has advocated for policies that improve the quality of life for all generations and value the contribution that all generations can make in society.  Generations United challenges and changes the way policymakers think about policy by promoting an intergenerational approach to meet the needs of young and old.  Generations United has successfully made an impact on the following pieces of legislation:

  • 2003: Including provisions in the American Dream Downpayment Act to improve access and availability of housing for grandfamilies (LEGACY)

  • 2006: Authorizing the inclusion of multigenerational civic engagement opportunities in the Older Americans Act (OAA) and recommending the use of a multigenerational coordinator.  A multigenerational coordinator is someone who nurtures productive, sustainable working relationships between individuals from older and younger generations. This is the first time that the law defined this role.

  • 2006: Lowering the age limit for the National Family Caregiver Support Act in the Older Americans Act from 60 to 55 for grandparents and other relatives raising children to qualify for supportive services.

  • 2008: Help to ensure that children in foster care maintain family connections in the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoption Act. The bill is a significant recognition of the contribution grandparents and other relatives make in raising the nation’s children.

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-Jack Ossofsky
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