Kinship Care in New York State

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Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP) Expansion (Chapter 384 of the Laws of 2017)

Effective March 12, 2018, Chapter 384 of the Laws of 2017 amends the Social Services Law in relation to eligibility of children for subsidized kinship guardianship assistance (KinGAP). This chapter, known as “KinGAP Expansion”, supports the State’s effort to expedite permanency for children and youth for whom reunification and adoption have been ruled out.

Kinship Navigator

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: