The Cura Awards

The NYS Kinship Navigator and the NYS Kincare Coalition established The Cura Awards in 2015 to annually recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of those involved with kinship care.

A volunteer committee reviews nominations and select honorees in the following categories:

  • Outstanding Professional – An individual working in the field of kinship care or related field or that has had a significant positive impact on kinship care in New York State as a result of their work. 
  • Outstanding Organization – A nonprofit organization in New York State providing kinship care or that has had a significant positive impact on kinship care. 
  • Outstanding Kinship Caregiver – Any kinship caregiver living in New York State that has demonstrated outstanding selflessness, leadership or has overcome tremendous barriers.
  • Kinship Champion:  A state or national official or organization leader who has vigorously worked to help kinship families.


Kinship Caregivers listed from upper left to lower right
  • Outstanding Kinship Caregivers
    • Doris Lewis, Brooklyn
    • Ellen Earley, Cazenovia
    • Kathleen and Faino Coleman, White Plains
    • Kate and David Kruk, Rotterdam
    • John Medina, Brooklyn
Kinship Professionals listed from upper left to right
  • Kinship Champion: Senator Roxanne Persaud, Chair, Social Services Committee
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Gerard Wallace, Founder, NYS Kinship Navigator
  • Outstanding Professional: Marya Gilborn, Director of Social Services, The Family Center
  • Outstanding Organization: Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York


2020 Cura Award Winners: Listed below from Top Left to Bottom Right
  • Outstanding Kinship Caregiver: Sharon Johnson, Yonkers, NY
  • Outstanding Kinship Caregiver: Kim Hinkson, Staten Island, NY
  • Outstanding Professional: Carolyn Fluckinger, Director, Family Service Society of Yonkers’ Kinship Support Program
  • Outstanding Organization: Kinship Families of the North Country: Allyson McDonald & Juliette Lynch, Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country
  • Kinship Champion: Greg Olsen, Acting Director, NYS Office for the Aging


Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Kinship Caregiver Champion Gloria Woods with her son, grandson, great-grandson, and Jerry Wallace
  • Outstanding Kinship Caregiver: Crystal Hosannah
  • Outstanding Professional: Deb Faulks, Family Enrichment Network
  • Outstanding Organization: Cattaraugus County Kinship System of Care
  • Kinship Champion: Senator Velmanette Montgomery
  • Kinship Champion: Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi

Lifetime Achievement Awards:
Kinship Caregiver Champions

  • Maria Lemons
  • Maggie Lee
  • Doris Williams
  • Brigitte Castellano
  • Linda James
  • Gloria Woods
  • Cindi and Jeff Fountain


Outstanding Professional, Susan Antos, surrounded by Kinship Navigator Director’s Jerry Wallace and Rae Glaser and kinship caregiver champions
  • Outstanding Kinship Caregiver: Cheryl Starks, NYC
  • Outstanding Professional: Susan Antos, Esq., Empire Justice Center
  • Outstanding Organization: Onondaga County Department of Children and Families Child Welfare Division
  • Kinship Champion: Sheila Poole, Acting Commissioner, NYS Office of Children and Family Services


Outstanding Kinship Caregiver: Leora Keith, NYC
Outstanding Professional: Bill Ferris, AARP
Outstanding Organization: Jewish Board of Family and Children Services, Inc. – Kinship Care Program
Kinship Champion: Senator Marty Golden
Kinship Champion: Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee
Kinship Champion: Assemblywoman Shelley Mayer


Outstanding Kinship Caregiver: Marguerite Roper, Brooklyn
Outstanding Organization: Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County, Relatives as Parents Program
Kinship Champion: Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo
Kinship Champion: Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins


Outstanding Kinship Caregiver: Barbara Denniston, Orange County
Outstanding Professional: David Shapiro, Center for Elder Law and Justice
Outstanding Organization: GrandPower Advocates of the Family Service Society of Yonkers

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