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The NYS County Collaboration Project is funded by the U.S. Children's Bureau. This project seeks to demonstrate that with identification and appropriate connections to supports that improve safety, permanency, and child/caregiver well-being …
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The NYS Kinship Navigator is an information, referral and advocacy program for kinship caregivers in New York State. A kinship caregiver is an individual that is caring for a child that is not biologically their own. In New York State, there are an estimated 179,000 caregivers, 131,000 of whom are grandparents raising grandchildren. Many others are aunts and uncles.

The Navigator seeks to assist these caregivers by providing information on financial assistance, legal information and referrals, and other types of issues that caregivers face when raising children in order to provide stability and permanency in the home. Call us today for more information!

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OCFS Issues LCM for Kinship Foster Home Reporting

October 21, 2014

OCFS just issued a memorandum to local social services commissioners that mandates more accurate reporting on the number of children placed in kinship foster homes. Until now, most kinship foster homes were reported as "approved". Others were reported as "certified". Some counties had very low numbers of approved, but it was not possible to know how many kinship homes in those counties were certified. There was no reporting on "certified" kinship foster homes. They were just added to all "certified" homes, which included non-relative foster homes. This new reporting mandate will eventually provide an accurate number of all kinship foster placements for every county.

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Phone 877-454-6463
TTY: New York Relay 711 or 1-800-421-1220
Fax: (585) 454-6286

Mailing Address:
87 N. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

Email: navigator@nysnavigator.org