Office of Children and Family Services


Kinship Care in New York State

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

Call toll free

Kinship Navigator: 1-877-454-6463

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