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Kinship Advocacy in New York State


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  • 1. February 2011
    Kinship care in the new york state budget
  • 2. Overview
    The budget process
  • 3. The Governor proposes a budget (Feb 1)

    The Governor can make amendments (late February)

    The Legislature convenes conference committees (February/March)

  • 4. 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
  • 5. 2009-2011
    The past
  • 6. $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
  • 7. The current proposal
  • 8. 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).
  • 9. What it means
    ? ? ? ? ? ?
  • 10. 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.
  • 11. Our plan
    Starting Today
  • 12. 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
  • 13. Launch website for kinship care programs and advocates to locate information and updates
    Collect and distribute community-based information about kinship care to each program
    Step one: information
  • 14. 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
  • 15. 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
  • 16. Begin press campaign, including series of releases and conferences for:
    Budget implications
    Census data
    Cost-benefit release
    Summit report release
    Step three: press
  • 17. $ $ $ $ $
    Our message
  • 18. 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
  • 19. 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
  • 20. 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
  • 21. 2011-12
    Our ask
  • 22. 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
  • 23. Webinars
    Keeping in touch
  • 24. 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.