The Governor proposes a budget (Feb 1) The Governor can make amendments (late February) The Legislature convenes conference committees (February/March)
The Legislature negotiates with the Division of Budget (Governor’s representative) and comes up with a final budget The budget gets passed through the Legislature (April 1) The Governor signs the budget (or vetoes) and fiscal year begins
$2.75 million (2009-10 budget) funds 21 programs almost to 2010-11 $922 thousand (2010-11 budget) additional received to fully fund 21 programs to 2010-11 $2.75 million needed in the 2011-12 budget to fully fund 21 programs to 2012-13
Pull kinship care programming from the OCFS budget into an Article VII bill. Lump kinship care programming together with a variety of other programs (home visiting, runaway youth, Children’s Trust Fund, other juvenile justice programs) to form a Primary Prevention Incentive Programthat’s performance-based. Take the total funding from all of the lumped programs (from last year’s budget) and cut it to 50%. Leave it to OCFS and communities to determine how to spend the money (including spending on a variety of the programs listed, no parameters).
We don’t know what funding level kinship care programming would be funded at (not determined by a line item in the budget). We don’t know how this proposal would be implemented by OCFS. This proposal is for use of general funds, not TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), which had been the previous source of funding. We don’t know how data collection, evaluation, monitoring would occur in this structure of funding.
Offer webinar explaining the current proposal in the Governor’s budget Develop talking points for providers and talking points for families Develop checklist for kinship care programs to implement Develop list of legislators and contacts for each kinship care program Distribute cost benefit one-pager to kinship care programs Step one: information
Launch website for kinship care programs and advocates to locate information and updates http://www.grandparentsforchildren.org/newyork.html Collect and distribute community-based information about kinship care to each program Step one: information
Leadership to call all agency CEOs and EDs to ensure advocacy strategies are in place Staff to contact each program with their program-specific information and get them started on their advocacy work Albany-based programs and advocates to meet with: Division of Budget Office of the Governor Senate Finance Committee and Counsel/Program staff Assembly Ways and Means Committee and Counsel/Program staff Senate and Assembly’s respective Children and Families Committees Step two: action in albany
Programs begin utilizing checklist: Write letter to the Governor Sign on to collective letter to the Governor Meet with local legislators Invite local legislators to visit program Begin letter-writing and phone call campaign with families Distribute letters to the editor to local newspapers Additional ideas Step two: action on the ground
Begin press campaign, including series of releases and conferences for: Budget implications Census data Cost-benefit release Summit report release Other Step three: press
An estimated 250,000 to 300,00 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers in New York State. One in ten children live in grandparent-led households. Of those children, 41% are being raised by their grandparents. Twenty-two programs funded by OCFS provide services to over 7,000 children who otherwise are at high risk of foster care. New York State spends $1.37 billion annually on foster care services, and only $3 million on kinship programs. Kinship $aves
Funding for FY2011-12 needs to be $3 million to fully fund kinship programming. If the kinship programs are not funded and 60 children enter foster care placements, the cost will equal the entire cost of fully funding the OCFS kinship programs. Without these programs, an estimated 475 children will leave informal kinship care and enter foster care during FY2011-12, at an increased cost of over $23 million to New York State. Kinship $aves
Children live with grandparents and other relatives for the same reasons that children enter foster care – parental abuse, neglect, mental illness, abandonment, military deployment and more. A representative sample of private kinship families shows that 60% of the children in private kinship families served by the programs had histories of potential or possible child maltreatment. Community kinship programming provides case management, respite, benefit and legal information, advocacy, and other supports, and facilitate enrollment in appropriate services. Kinship saves
We ask that 10% of the Prevention Initiative funding be dedicated to kinship programming (potential of $3.5 million). Since the child-only grant will now be fully funded through Federal dollars, there is no longer a local match. Thus, the cost of informal kinship care is zero compared to the cost to the county (and the state) of foster care. Our ask
Each week, you’ll receive an eNewsletter with updates from New York State. Each week, we’ll host a webinar to update advocates and programs, field questions, and demonstrate new materials. Each day, we’ll update the website with any new information available. Each week, staff will contact each program to ensure they have the support they need to get through the checklist.