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  • Partners | NYS Kinship Navigator
    KN program provides information referral and advocacy for informal kinship families across New York State Our collaborations are based upon the Kinship Navigators three year federal Children s Bureau grant where the goal is to identify private informal kinship families and to connect them to the Kinship Navigator and local resources In the five counties where the collaboration was implemented KN and local departments of social services increased referrals by 600 with many more kinship families connected to resource Kinship Care has proven to have consistently better outcomes than foster care and to cost significantly less Now in its ninth year of operations the OCFS administered Kinship Navigator program seeks to implement the County Collaboration via Procedures that increase referrals from local departments of social services to kinship services Educational opportunities for child welfare and temporary assistance staff to increase their understanding of the challenges faced by kinship families Enhanced community outreach via coalition building Increased identification and engagement with kinship care families and Improved service utilization Targeted Children Caregivers The project targets children in private and voluntary kinship care who are engaged by temporary assistance and child welfare staff Of special note are children who are temporally placed by Child Protective Services and are not removed or subject to Article Ten proceedings Needs KN addresses core needs in kinship families access to temporary assistance non parent child only grants legal assistance and specialized general services including local kinship health mental health and advocacy Approved by OCFS the collaboration between the local department and KN avoids foster care and improves outcomes for kinship families Outcomes Collaborative outcomes include establishment of sustained local networks over 100 contacts with kinship families per county per annum 500 referrals to services including but not limited to kinship direct services TANF non parent grants legal

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  • Calendar | NYS Kinship Navigator
    Saturday April 2nd and 9th for a 2 session intergenerational and multicultural cooking class for you and the kids ages 5 you care for Space is limited register NOW by calling Christina Ortega at 845 344 1234 Priority given to kinship families See more details 10 11 21st Annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference 21st Annual New York State Child Abuse Prevention Conference April 11 2016 April 13 2016 Marriott Hotel Albany NY Plenary Speakers Laura van Dernoot Lipsky How to Do this Work and Sustain Ira J Chasnoff M D The Mystery of Risk Drugs Alcohol Pregnancy and the Vulnerable Child Rosalinda Mercado Garza Ph D Reflections on Resilience PLUS 45 training and skills building workshops and in depth institutes Non profit and commercial exhibits Networking opportunities Relaxation renewal and rejuvenation For more information http www preventchildabuseny org news events nys child abuse prevention conference conference information See more details Preparing for Adoption Identity and Culture Preparing for Adoption Identity and Culture April 11 2016 6 30 pm 7 30 pm Online Are you adopting or already the parent of a child from a different racial ethnic or cultural background from yourself This webinar explores how culture affects the adoption process and discusses why incorporating your child s birth culture into your family culture is so important We will offer guidelines on how to creatively stay connected to your child s birth culture Bring your questions there will be plenty of time for Q A Open to all recommended for parents adopting children 5 years and older 20 person To register www modernfamilycenter org events 2016 4 11 preparing for adoption birth culture See more details 12 Troy Kinship Caregivers Support Group Troy Kinship Caregivers Support Group April 12 2016 5 30 pm 7 00 pm 2nd Tuesday of the Month Troy Support Group Sunnyside Center from 5 30 7 00 pm See more details RAPP Coffee and Conversation Support Group RAPP Coffee and Conversation Support Group April 12 2016 6 30 pm 8 00 pm King of Kings Lutheran Church 543 Union Ave New Windsor NY 12553 United States Coffee and Conversation Support Groups with RAPP 4 H for youth 6 and older childcare for younger children See more details 13 Albany Kinship Caregivers Daytime Support Group Albany Kinship Caregivers Daytime Support Group April 13 2016 11 00 am 12 30 pm 100 Slingerland St Albany NY United States 2nd Wednesday of the Month from 11 12 30 p m See more details 8th Annual Nutrition Outreach and Education Program NOEP Outreach Convention 8th Annual Nutrition Outreach and Education Program NOEP Outreach Convention April 13 2016 2 00 pm 4 00 pm Radisson Hotel Albany 205 Wolf Rd Albany NY 12205 United States Hunger Solutions New York will host its 8th annual NOEP Outreach Convention April 13 2016 from 2 00pm 4 00pm at the Radisson Hotel on Wolf Road in Albany During this FREE event convention attendees will have the opportunity to Connect with the statewide network of NOEP Coordinators and learn about their efforts to help the most vulnerable New Yorkers put food on the table Learn from community organizations that strive to help low income New Yorkers through a spectrum of other services Earn a Certificate of Participation Together with Nutrition Outreach and Education Program NOEP Coordinators allied mission driven community based organizations local educational institutions and you our community members we hope to share ideas strategies and information on how to help low income New Yorkers across the state See more details Strengthening RAPP Families Program Strengthening RAPP Families Program April 13 2016 5 30 pm 8 30 pm Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County 18 Seward Avenue Third Floor Middletown NY 10940 A free 7 week series program for RAPP kinship caregivers to attend with their children ages 10 14 Program includes fun youth and family activities free family meal childcare for kids 3 9 ways to strengthen family communication why preteens teens act the way they do how to work through problems together how to avoid problems with alcohol and other drugs Wednesdays 3 30 4 6 4 13 4 20 4 27 5 4 5 11 5 30pm 8 30pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension Orange County 18 Seward Avenue Third Floor Middletown NY 10940 Space is limited to 10 families Please register early Call 845 344 1234 See more details Grandparents Raising Children Support Group Grandparents Raising Children Support Group April 13 2016 6 00 pm 9 00 pm Town of Southampton Department of Human Services 25 Ponquoque Avenue Hampton Bays NY 11946 Grandparents Raising Children Support Group Town of Southampton Department of Human Services Senior Services 25 Ponquoque Avenue Hampton Bays NY 11946 Dinner is served at 6 00pm The meeting is 7 00pm 9 00pm Babysitting services available See more details 14 15 Early Bird Conference Registration Discount Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York Early Bird Conference Registration Discount Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York April 15 2016 Albany Marriott Early Bird Registration Ends Friday Conference Registration Discount Through April 15 We re less than a month out from our 27th Annual New York State Foster Care and Adoption Conference and we re feeling the excitement Early bird registration ends on Friday April 15 so if you haven t done so already register today and save 50 00 Follow the link below or call the numbers below for more information about the conference and to register www affcny org conference 2016 changing landscape or 607 398 9018 or 646 688 4321 See more details 16 RAPP Chat RAPP Chat April 16 2016 9 15 am 10 45 am Newburgh Armory Unity Center 321 S William St Newburgh NY 12550 United States Are you a grandparent or other relative providing Primary Care for a Child Connect with other caregivers in similar circumstances Are you interested in meeting other kinship caregivers Join Cornell Cooperative Extension s Relatives as Parents Program RAPP for informal chats to

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  • Legal Resources | NYS Kinship Navigator
    Resources County Resource Map OCFS Kinship Programs Hotlines Kinship Policy National Resources Kinship Care Month For Attorneys Director s Publications Kinship Articles Contact Us Legal Resources Welcome to the NYS Kinship Navigator Legal Resource Section Here you will find information on state and regional legal resources for caregivers as well as legal fact sheets to educate and assist with self advocacy Our kinship specialists are available to assist you via

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  • Legal Fact Sheets and Information | NYS Kinship Navigator
    NYS Kinship Navigator houses over fifty cited legal fact sheets on topics ranging from Financial Assistance to Legal Advocacy Caregivers can access these fact sheets to assist them in applying for benefits through DSS at family court enrolling a child into school and many other topics Our fact sheets are organized by topic and are easily downloadable Click on any header to the left sidebar to access fact sheets pertaining

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  • Statewide Legal Services | NYS Kinship Navigator
    00pm Although the offices for this program are physically located in Manhattan there is a helpful link redirecting visitors to another website www lawhelp org to find representation and legal advice in any other part of the country New York State Unified Court System This website provides a thorough picture of the different courts in New York State from Supreme Court to village court Visitors can learn how to file documents for different circumstances including the forms and what if any fee may apply which courts perform a certain activity and even the names of the judges presiding over each court Specifics are available on pending and past cases including decisions made and in progress tracking A search tool to find an attorney is available and step by step facts regarding State Laws are provided should the litigants decide to represent themselves As a whole it is an all encompassing website regarding the New York State Court System and the processes that take place within it Center for Family Representation The primary goal of this organization is to ensure family cohesiveness Assistance through advocacy and free legal representation is available to families that have a combination of poverty and crisis that threatens removal of children Located in New York City the agency provides Community Advocacy Teams CAT to assist families via a combination of advocate lawyer and social worker The website also provides various toolkits for professionals and clients that guide interactions as well as rules of thumb for situations involving Child Protective Services visitation and permanency hearings www LawHelp org NY This new user friendly Super Website helps low income New Yorkers find out information about Free legal service programs Information about legal rights education Links to social services and government agencies Information about the court system Resources available

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  • Regional Legal Resources | NYS Kinship Navigator
    Articles Contact Us Regional Legal Resources Office of Children and Family Services OCFS info Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance OTDA info Legal Information for Families Today LIFT info Mobilization for Youth MFY Legal Services info Rural Law Center info AARP New York info New York Association of Chiefs of Police info New York State Special Education Parent Centers info Department of Health DOH info Office for the Aging OFA

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  • County Resources | NYS Kinship Navigator
    Us County Resources Our County Resources allow kinship caregivers to find resources specific to the county they reside in Each county displays kinship legal aging youth and any other services that are available in that county along with program descriptions and contact information Click on a particular county in the menu or on the county resource map to learn what services particular to kinship caregivers are in your community County Resource Map Counties Albany County Resources Allegany County Resources Bronx County Resources Broome County Resources Cattaraugus County Resources Cayuga County Resources Chautauqua County Resources Chemung County Resources Chenango County Resources Clinton County Resources Columbia County Resources Cortland County Resources Delaware County Resources Dutchess County Resources Erie County Resources Essex County Resources Franklin County Resources Fulton County Resources Genesee County Resources Greene County Resources Hamilton County Resources Herkimer County Resources Jefferson County Resources Kings County Resources Lewis County Resources Livingston County Resources Madison County Resources Monroe County Resources Montgomery County Resources Nassau County Resources New York City County Resources Niagara County Resources Oneida County Resources Onondaga County Resources Ontario County Resources Orange County Resources Orleans County Resources Oswego County Resources Otsego County Resources Putnam County Resources Queens County Resources Rensselaer County

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  • OCFS Kinship Programs | NYS Kinship Navigator
    Resources Legal Fact Sheets and Information Statewide Legal Services Regional Legal Resources County Resources County Resource Map OCFS Kinship Programs Hotlines Kinship Policy National Resources Kinship Care Month For Attorneys Director s Publications Kinship Articles Contact Us OCFS Kinship Programs OCFS Kinship Programs The New York State Office of Children and Family Services OCFS funds local kinship programs that serve specific counties in New York State providing case management and other assistance to kinship caregivers Please click on each individual program for more information For a completelisting of kinship programs please visit the county resource page OCFS Kinship OnlineTraining Addessing Caregiver Challenges Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth Erie County Catholic Family Center Monroe County Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country Inc Clinton County Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County Orange County Family and Children s Services of Ithaca Tompkins County Family Enrichment Network Broome and Tioga County Family Service Society of Yonkers Westchester County Gateway Longview Inc Erie County Jewish Board of Family And Children s Services Kings County Leadership Training Inc Nassau and Suffolk County New Alternatives for Children Inc New York City The Neighborhood Center Inc Oneida and Herkimer Counties Search Headline News U

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