Coalition COVID Update: 3/23/20

COVID 19 A reminder to all that the Kinship Navigator has a number of valuable resources related to COVID 19 and the kinship community located on its website, compiled for easy access. It has information like: Kinship Fact Sheet on COVID 19 OTDA notice to LDSS on applying for benefits during this time State EducationContinue reading “Coalition COVID Update: 3/23/20”

Sample Budget Support Letter for Legislative Leaders

Dear Speaker Heastie and Leader Stewart-Cousins, NYS Kinship Care Services Budget Alert Over 200,000 children currently live with kin, most are not in foster care. In times of crisis, grandparents, relatives, and close family friends step up to raise children when parents lose jobs, become ill, or start abusing substances. The Governor’s proposed budget cutContinue reading “Sample Budget Support Letter for Legislative Leaders”

In Response to Safe Families

OCFS recently released a proposed policy change to allow for a group called Safe Families to operate in NY. They posted the potential regulations in the NYS Register on January 29th, asking for feedback. You can find the policy HERE. Safe Families wishes to start finding what they call “Host Homes” for children. According toContinue reading “In Response to Safe Families”

Coalition Update: March 2020

Here’s an update: Education Day: We had 26 caregivers and professionals come to Albany from all over New York State to talk to 18 different legislators and staff. Thank you to everyone who came from far and wide (and from close by, too) to take part in this day and expand the conversation about kinship careContinue reading “Coalition Update: March 2020”

Coalition Update 2/11/20

Our next Coalition Call will be on Tuesday, 2/18, from 12-1pm. We will be discussing the upcoming Education Day plans, and how to be involved that day from home!  The call-in information is:(518) Education Day DetailsFor those who are able to join us in Albany for Education Day, here are some details you will needContinue reading “Coalition Update 2/11/20”

Coalition Update 1/30/20

Next Meeting Our next Coalition meeting will be on Tuesday, February 18th from 12-1pm on our Uber Conference Line. We will be discussing the details of the upcoming Education Day, including the budget, and policy initiatives. We will send out a reminder closer to the meeting. Education Day Our Kinship Care Education Day is February 25th from 11amContinue reading “Coalition Update 1/30/20”