S8332/A10428 (Persaud/Hevesi) would amend SSL to provide a definition of kinship care in New York. The definition proposed is:
Section 1. Section 371 of the social services law is amended by adding a new subdivision 22 to read as follows: 22. "KINSHIP CAREGIVER" MEANS A RELATIVE OR NON-RELATIVE WHO IS ACTING AS A PARENT AND WHO: (A) IS RELATED TO THE CHILD THROUGH BLOOD, MARRIAGE OR ADOPTION; (B) IS RELATED TO A HALF-SIBLING OF THE CHILD THROUGH BLOOD, MARRIAGE OR ADOPTION; OR (C) IS AN ADULT WITH A POSITIVE PRIOR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CHILD, A HALF-SIBLING OF THE CHILD OR THE CHILD'S PARENT, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, A STEP-PARENT, GODPARENT, NEIGHBOR OR FAMILY FRIEND.
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