Kinship Advocacy in New York State

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Kinship Advocacy in New York State

  1. 1. February 2011<br />Kinship care in the new york state budget<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />The budget process<br />
  3. 3. The Governor proposes a budget (Feb 1)<br /><br />The Governor can make amendments (late February)<br /><br />The Legislature convenes conference committees (February/March)<br /><br />
  4. 4. The Legislature negotiates with the Division of Budget (Governor’s representative) and comes up with a final budget<br /><br />The budget gets passed through the Legislature (April 1)<br /><br />The Governor signs the budget (or vetoes) and fiscal year begins<br />
  5. 5. 2009-2011<br />The past<br />
  6. 6. $2.75 million (2009-10 budget)<br />funds 21 programs almost to 2010-11<br /><br />$922 thousand (2010-11 budget)<br />additional received to fully fund 21 programs to 2010-11<br /><br />$2.75 million needed in the 2011-12 budget to fully fund 21 programs to 2012-13<br />
  7. 7. The current proposal<br />2011-12<br />
  8. 8. Pull kinship care programming from the OCFS budget into an Article VII bill.<br />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.<br />Take the total funding from all of the lumped programs (from last year’s budget) and cut it to 50%.<br />Leave it to OCFS and communities to determine how to spend the money (including spending on a variety of the programs listed, no parameters).<br />
  9. 9. What it means<br />? ? ? ? ? ?<br />
  10. 10. We don’t know what funding level kinship care programming would be funded at (not determined by a line item in the budget).<br />We don’t know how this proposal would be implemented by OCFS.<br />This proposal is for use of general funds, not TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), which had been the previous source of funding.<br />We don’t know how data collection, evaluation, monitoring would occur in this structure of funding.<br />
  11. 11. Our plan<br />Starting Today<br />
  12. 12. Offer webinar explaining the current proposal in the Governor’s budget<br />Develop talking points for providers and talking points for families<br />Develop checklist for kinship care programs to implement<br />Develop list of legislators and contacts for each kinship care program<br />Distribute cost benefit one-pager to kinship care programs<br />Step one: information<br />
  13. 13. Launch website for kinship care programs and advocates to locate information and updates<br />http://www.grandparentsforchildren.org/newyork.html<br />Collect and distribute community-based information about kinship care to each program<br />Step one: information<br />
  14. 14. Leadership to call all agency CEOs and EDs to ensure advocacy strategies are in place<br />Staff to contact each program with their program-specific information and get them started on their advocacy work<br />Albany-based programs and advocates to meet with:<br />Division of Budget<br />Office of the Governor<br />Senate Finance Committee and Counsel/Program staff<br />Assembly Ways and Means Committee and Counsel/Program staff<br />Senate and Assembly’s respective Children and Families Committees<br />Step two: action in albany<br />
  15. 15. Programs begin utilizing checklist:<br />Write letter to the Governor<br />Sign on to collective letter to the Governor<br />Meet with local legislators<br />Invite local legislators to visit program<br />Begin letter-writing and phone call campaign with families<br />Distribute letters to the editor to local newspapers<br />Additional ideas<br />Step two: action on the ground<br />
  16. 16. Begin press campaign, including series of releases and conferences for:<br />Budget implications<br />Census data<br />Cost-benefit release<br />Summit report release<br />Other<br />Step three: press<br />
  17. 17. $ $ $ $ $ <br />Our message<br />
  18. 18. An estimated 250,000 to 300,00 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers in New York State.<br />One in ten children live in grandparent-led households. Of those children, 41% are being raised by their grandparents.<br />Twenty-two programs funded by OCFS provide services to over 7,000 children who otherwise are at high risk of foster care.<br />New York State spends $1.37 billion annually on foster care services, and only $3 million on kinship programs.<br />Kinship $aves<br />
  19. 19. Funding for FY2011-12 needs to be $3 million to fully fund kinship programming.<br />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.<br />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.<br />Kinship $aves<br />
  20. 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.<br />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.<br />Community kinship programming provides case management, respite, benefit and legal information, advocacy, and other supports, and facilitate enrollment in appropriate services.<br />Kinship saves<br />
  21. 21. 2011-12<br />Our ask<br />
  22. 22. We ask that 10% of the Prevention Initiative funding be dedicated to kinship programming (potential of $3.5 million).<br />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.<br />Our ask<br />
  23. 23. Webinars<br />Keeping in touch<br />
  24. 24. Each week, you’ll receive an eNewsletter with updates from New York State.<br />Each week, we’ll host a webinar to update advocates and programs, field questions, and demonstrate new materials.<br />Each day, we’ll update the website with any new information available.<br />Each week, staff will contact each program to ensure they have the support they need to get through the checklist.<br />

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