Funding Announced for NY Kinship Caregiver Programs

- ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced $1.34 million in funding for Kinship Caregiver programs across the state.

According to the governor's office, the program will give children in foster care and others who cannot live safely with their parents options. Programs will provide services to caregivers including, crisis intervention, family assessments, linkage to community resources, parenting education and training, support groups, and trauma screenings.

“All children deserve a safe and secure place to live, and today we are taking a major step forward in giving them a place to call home,” Governor Cuomo said. “This funding will provide caregivers with the tools to build a brighter future for thousands of New York children and place them on a path towards growth and success.”

The programs that were awarded and approved for funding are:

Program

Approved Funding

Population Served

Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth

$102,980

Erie County

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester / Catholic Family Center

$102,980

Monroe County

Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country, Inc.

$102,980

Clinton County

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County

$102,980

Orange County

Family and Children’s Services of Ithaca

$102,980

Tompkins County

Family Enrichment Network, Inc.

$102,980

Broome County, Tioga County

Family Service Society of Yonkers

$102,980

Westchester County

Gateway-Longview, Inc.

$102,980

Erie County

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, Inc.

$102,980

Brooklyn

Leadership Training, Inc.

$102,980

Nassau County, Suffolk County

New Alternatives for Children, Inc.

$102,980

New York City

New York Council on Adoptable Children, Inc.

$102,980

New York City

The Neighborhood Center, Inc.*

$102,980

Oneida County

* Also provides information and referral services to Chenango, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, and Oswego counties

The funding will be administered by the New York State office of Children and Family Services.

The governor's office says from 1995 to 2012, the number of children in New York State's foster care system has decreased from approximately 54,000 to fewer than 19,000.

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