The Kinship Navigator is a statewide program operated by Family and Community Services and specially designed to provide an information and referral network for kinship caregivers across all of New York State. A kinship caregiver is a grandparent, relative or family friend who is a full time caregiver of a child that is not biologically their own.
Since 2006, the Kinship Navigator has provided leadership for a broad-based coordinated effort to provide comprehensive services that address the multiple needs of kinship caregivers and their families. The Kinship Navigator along with local kinship programs, are part of the NYS Office of Children and Families Services' efforts to support grandparents and other relatives who are caring for children not in foster care.
The NYS Kinship Navigator is an information and referral and educational resource for kinship caregivers (grandparents and other relatives raising children). The Navigator provides information via phone (1-877-454-6463), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and website (www.nysnavigator.org) about kinship services, laws, rights, and financial assistance. Our information and resources contain an exhaustive survey of kinship programs in New York State, specialized kinship resources, and over 50 cited legal fact sheets, including a Guide to Kinship Law in NYS and guides to financial assistance as well as events, publications, and kinship in the news.
The helpline is available for anyone raising a child that is not biologically their own, as well as service providers that work with the population.
Kinship Specialists complete an informational and demographic intake with callers on the helpline.
Free of charge.
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