2019 Global Intergenerational Conference,
co-hosted by Bridge Meadows
in Portland, Oregon, USA.
The one-of-a-kind 20th biennial intergenerational conference provides an opportunity for professionals from all over the world to learn, network and share about innovative research, policies, and practices in the intergenerational field.
About Generations United
Generations United’s mission is to improve the lives of children, youth, and older adults through intergenerational collaboration, public policies and programs for the enduring benefit of all. For three decades, Generations United has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together. Recent work focuses on: Demographic Changes, Economic Opportunity, Grandfamilies, Intergenerational Sites, Multigenerational Living, Older Adult Advocacy for Children. Learn more at http://www.gu.org/
About Bridge Meadows
Bridge Meadows develops and sustains intergenerational neighborhoods for adoptive families of youth formerly in foster care that promote permanency, community and caring relationships while offering safety and meaningful purpose in the daily lives of older adults.
At Bridge Meadows, youth coming from foster care find loving adoptive parents, honorary grandparents, valued mentors, and an entire community poised to nurture them — creating a sense of hope they thought had abandoned them long ago.
Bridge Meadows represents an inclusive approach to foster care, family support, elder services, and community connection and participation. Recognizing that physical environments are the building blocks of communities, and that empowered communities can and will nurture the health of their members, Bridge Meadows provides a true home where three of our highest priority populations—youth in foster care, adoptive parents, and elders— benefit from being together to create a whole far greater than the sum of its parts.
With the community itself serving as the intervention, our youth, adoptive parents, and elders work together towards health, safety, and stability. We provide the infrastructure necessary to heal the trauma experienced by our youth coming from foster care, support adoptive parents with services and guidance, and connect elders to a caring community that values their wisdom and experience.