PROCLAIMING SEPTEMBER AS KINSHIP CARE MONTH
The NYS Kinship Navigator, the National Kinship Alliance for Children, and the Child Welfare League of America are working with supporters and friends of kinship families to proclaim September as Kinship Care Month.

Promoting Kinship Care in Your State: Strategies for State Action to Declare September as Kinship Care Month

Kinship Care Strategies for State Action

United States Senate Resolution – Adopted September 2015

Arizona, Georgia, New Jersey, Ohio, South Dakota, Virginia, Vermont and New York have acted. See a sample of proclamations and resolutions listed below. There are other states currently making progress:

State

Progress to Date

Vermont

Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation

South Dakota

Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation

Virginia

Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation

New York

Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation

Georgia

Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation

Michigan

In progress with House – final drafting.  Waiting on senate.

West Virginia

Working with governer to plan event

California

Working with Legislature

Arizona

Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation

Wyoming

Starting Stages

Illinois

Letters sent to reps, waiting stages

New Jersey

Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation

Ohio

Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation

Connecticut

Starting stages

Texas

Starting stages

Oregon

Starting stages

 

If you are a caregiver interested in joining the campaign to have your state governor or legislature proclaim September as Kinship Care Month, or you are interested in the President and Congress proclaiming September as National Kinship Care Month, please contact the navigator at navigator@nysnavigator.org.

By joining this grassroots campaign, you will help to further recognition of kinship families. Kinship families, who are grandparents, relatives, and family friends, who care for children when parents are unable to do so, are a tradition and a national resource that has not received the attention and supports that they so rightly deserve. Join the cause and help support them!

New York State Governer’s Proclamation 2015

New York State Assembly Resolution (page 1, page 2)

Arizona State Proclamation

Camp Verde Proclamation (Arizona)

Casa Grande Proclamation (Arizona)

Georgia Proclamation

New Jersey Proclamation

South Dakota Proclamation

Virginia Proclamation

Vermont Proclamation

 

 

Sample Resolution – please feel free to edit and use as a tool for your state!

2017 Kinship Care Event in New York– Save the Date!

***Please visit our events page for all of the events around the state to celebrate Kinship care month!