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February Coalition Update

2022 Kinship Education Day Thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s legislative education day. A recording of the event can be found on the Coalition’s website HERE.  A new issue for the Coalition that was first covered at this event is Housing Reform. Testimony from the Grandpower Advocates’ Marcia Spencer related to this issue canContinue reading “February Coalition Update”

Housing Reform Testimony

NYS Kincare Coalition Virtual Kinship Education DayFebruary 15, 2022Remarks by Marcia Spencer Good afternoon. I am raising one grandson on a fixed-income. It is very difficult paying rent and other bills, especially with the recent increase in the cost of living. We grandparents need affordable housing, so we and our grandchildren can have a betterContinue reading “Housing Reform Testimony”

2022 Kincare Coalition Legislative Education Day

Download the Flyer Kin Counts:A closer look at kinship care data and the need for legislative support A Legislative Educational Webinar Sponsored by the NYS Kincare Coalition Join kinship caregivers, professionals, policy makers and stakeholders in this educational opportunity to talk about the importance of kinship care in our communities and how the legislature canContinue reading “2022 Kincare Coalition Legislative Education Day”

December Coalition Update

Our next 4 meetings will be January 11th, 12 – 1 pmFebruary 15th (Legislative Education Day)March 8th, 12 – 1 pmApril 12th, 12 – 1 pm Review the 2022 Budget Proposal The coalition’s policy subcommittee has been meeting regularly to discuss this year’s budget request and policy priorities and has put together a bold budget proposal thatContinue reading “December Coalition Update”

2022 Budget Considerations

Below is a link to the draft budget ask for the Kincare Coalition. We want to acknowledge the work that the Policy Subcommittee has done to bring this proposal forward, and hope it can be a starting point for a unified system of care going forward. Feedback is welcomed. Please send comments to

Kinship Care Month Press Release

Caregivers, Advocates Celebrated at Kinship Care Month Celebration ALBANY, NY – September 9, 2021 – The New York State KinCare Coalition hosted the 8th celebration of September as Kinship Care Month with an online event and presented its 7th annual CURA Awards to outstanding caregivers, organizations, professionals, and champions around the state. “Today, we celebrateContinue reading “Kinship Care Month Press Release”

CURA Award Nomination Form

We are collecting CURA Award Nominations until AUGUST 12th, 2021. Please download the below form and follow the instructions on the first page to submit.

Program Highlight: Catholic Charities of Western New York

It’s not just big cities getting the money to support kinship caregivers, it’s also small rural areas like the families served by Catholic Charities of Western New York in Alleghany and Cattaraugus Counties. Below is the testimony of Danielle Kielar talking about how her program helps kinship caregivers in these communities. I am Danielle Kielar, IContinue reading “Program Highlight: Catholic Charities of Western New York”

Chairperson Andrew Hevesi Champions Kinship Funding Request

Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi, Chair of Children and Families in the Assembly, has written a letter to leadership requesting that $1.9 million be added to the budget for local kinship programs as well as $100,000 for the Kinship Navigator. To see his letter and those who signed on in support click the PDF below.

NYS Kincare Coalition Announces 2020 Cura Award Winners

The NYS KinCare Coalition established The Cura Awards in 2015 to annually recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of those involved with kinship care. Each year, a volunteer committee reviews nominations and selects honorees in the following categories: Outstanding Professional – An individual working in the field of kinship care or related field or thatContinue reading “NYS Kincare Coalition Announces 2020 Cura Award Winners”

Call for Story Nominations

Relative Caregivers Sought for Kinship Care Month Features Governor Andrew Cuomo has designated September as Kinship Care Month.  This year, the New York State Kinship Navigator, the Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York (AFFCNY) and Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of New York State (CASA), have come together to jointly promote andContinue reading “Call for Story Nominations”

Save the Date

Click the link above to download this year’s save the date. You can use this to pass out to caregivers and others you would like to have attend the event on September 16th. Call for CURA Award Nominations The NYS KinCare Coalition established The Cura Awards to annually recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions ofContinue reading “Save the Date”

CURA Award Nomination Form

Please click the link above to download the CURA Award Nomination Form. The NYS KinCare Coalition established The Cura Awards to annually recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of those involved with kinship caregiving. A volunteer committee will review nominations and select honorees in the following three categories: Outstanding Professional – An individual working inContinue reading “CURA Award Nomination Form”

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