Kinship Care Month

Update on National Kinship Care Month 

Over 20 states, Congress, and the Children’s Bureau of have recognized September as National Kinship Care Month (KCM). Kinship Care Month is a Celebration of Kinship Families and a Strategy to gain support for them. The NYS Kinship Navigator began advocating for KCM in 2012. Our KCM pages contain information about kinship families and Kinship Care Month.

Update on National Kinship Care Month

Celebration and Strategy

The Importance of National Kinship Care Month

Strategies National Kinship Care Month

History and Sample Editorials

Origins of Advocacy for September as National Kinship Care Month

New York State Kinship Care Month Advocacy

Original Story: Preventing Foster Care

Sample 2014 Op-Eds Promoting National Kinship Care Month

Advocacy Memos

Memo of Support for the Children’s Bureau’s Recognition of National Kinship Care Month

Memo of Support for White House Recognition of National Kinship Care Month

About Kinship Families

Who Are Kinship Families

Famous Kinship Families – Part 1

Famous Kinship Families – Part 2

Famous Kinship Families – Part 3

National Kinship Care Month 2021 Bibliography

Resolutions and Proclamations Across the Nation

Template Resolution or Declaration

Kinship Care Month US House 2019

Kinship Care Month US Senate 2020 Resolution

New Jersey Kinship Care Month Resolution (2020)

Kinship Care Month Washington State 2020

Kinship Care Month North Carolina 2020

Kinship Care Month in New York

2022 Governor’s Proclamation

Eighth  Annual Kinship Care Month Celebration
Our annual kinship care month celebration will take place on September 22, 2022 virtually.  Please register HERE.


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 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.

Finalists will be selected and notified by the end of August and the actual awards will take place at our annual celebration – NOMINATE SOMEONE TODAY! – CURA Awards 2022 nomination form




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