February 17th Webinar Update

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February 17th Webinar Update

  1. 1. February 2011<br />Kinship care in the new york state budgetsecond update<br />
  2. 2. The current proposal<br />2011-12<br />
  3. 3. Pull kinship care programming from the OCFS budget into an Article VII bill (though kinship programming not specifically listed).<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 />
  4. 4. Take the total funding from all of the lumped programs (from last year’s budget) and cut it to 50%.<br />In year one, each County would receive funding, decided by a formula yet to be determined.<br />Counties would be responsible for a 38% local match.<br />In year two, funding would be distributed on a competitive basis.<br />
  5. 5. What it means<br />? ? ? ? ? ?<br />
  6. 6. We don’t know what funding level kinship care programming would be funded at (not determined by a line item in the budget, but rather through a yet-to-be-determined formula, via OCFS and local districts).<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 />
  7. 7. We don’t know what would happen to current programs – whether their funding could continue or if they would have to close and later reopen.<br />We don’t know why this particular process was proposed since it is not cost-efficient.<br />
  8. 8. Our plan<br />Starting Today<br />
  9. 9. Online now: previous webinar, talking points for providers and families, family letter to Governor template, cost benefit document<br />Program checklists and lists of legislators and contacts under development; will be distributed by Tuesday, February 22<br />Community-based information (i.e. number of caregivers per county, as much as we can provide) will be complete by Friday, February 25 and both distributed to programs and listed online<br />Step one: information<br />
  10. 10. 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 next week<br />Albany-based programs and advocates to meet with:<br />Division of Budget<br />Office of the Governor<br />NYS Office of Children and Family Services<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 />
  11. 11. Programs begin utilizing checklist:<br />Families send letters to the Governor (see website)<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 />Use AARP-provided 800# to call legislators<br />Additional ideas<br />Step two: action on the ground<br />
  12. 12. 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 />
  13. 13. $ $ $ $ $ <br />Our message<br />
  14. 14. An estimated 200,000 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-one programs funded by OCFS provide services to over 5,000 children who otherwise are at high risk of foster care.<br />New York State spends $1.37 billion annually on foster care services, and less than $3 million on kinship programs.<br />Kinship $aves<br />
  15. 15. Funding for FY2011-12 needs to be $3 million to fully fund kinship programming.<br />If the kinship programs are not funded and 125children 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 at least $11million to New York State.<br />Kinship $aves<br />
  16. 16. 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 />
  17. 17. 2011-12<br />Our ask<br />
  18. 18. We ask that kinship care programming be removed from the Primary Prevention Incentive Program and given a $3 million line item in the budget, without a local match<br />Our ask<br />
  19. 19. Webinars<br />Keeping in touch<br />
  20. 20. 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 />
  21. 21. Whenever you need information, please feel free to:<br />Call 518-833-0215 (National Committee of Grandparents for Children’s Rights)<br />Email newyork@grandparentsforchildren.org and we’ll get the information you’ve requested to you as soon as possible<br />

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