The family can be a particularly powerful asset in the lives of baby boomers of color and its importance increases as boomers enter later life. This chapter focuses on the importance of the family and four specific aspects: grandparents raising grandchildren; family support; transmission of cultural history and values; and financial support. These four dimensions are not mutually exclusive and not equally represented in strength across all boomer families. It is important not to romanticize or underappreciate families, and thus attention will be paid to the rewards and challenges associated with viewing family as a boomer asset. The chapter also considers the challenges in thinking about families and boomers from an asset perspective, in order to prepare social workers for this form of practice.
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