Office of Children and Family Services


Kinship Care in New York State

Addressing the Challenges in Supporting Kinship Caregivers

This teleconference provides information from a panel of staff from OCFS, Office of children and Family Services, the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), and the local department of social services (LDSS) about the benefits and options available to kinship caregivers.

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Kinship care refers to grandparents, other relatives, and even family friends who are caring for children.  Most kinship caregivers are not foster parents and privately provide full time care for children.

For all kinship families in New York State, the Kinship Navigator provides information, referrals, and assistance via its website and toll free telephone line.  The Kinship Navigator provides information on a wide range of kinship topics, including:

  • National, State, and Local Resources and Services for Kinship Families
  • Federal and State Laws about Kinship Care
  • Financial Assistance Grants for Kinship Families

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Kinship Navigator: 1-877-454-6463

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