Third Update for NYS Advocacy

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Third Update for NYS Advocacy

  1. 1. February 2011<br />Kinship care in the new york state budgetthird update<br />
  2. 2. Our plan<br />Starting Today<br />
  3. 3. Online Now:<br />Previous webinars<br />Talking points for providers and families<br />Family letter to Governor, local legislator templates<br />Cost benefit document<br />Program checklists and lists of legislators<br />Statistics from American Community Survey<br />Sample letter to the editor<br />Testimony from various kinship care advocates<br />Step one: information<br />
  4. 4. 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 again 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 />
  5. 5. 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 />
  6. 6. Begin press campaign, including series of releases and conferences for:<br />Budget implications (sent)<br />Census data<br />Cost-benefit release<br />Summit report release<br />Other<br />Step three: press<br />
  7. 7. 2011-12<br />Our ask<br />
  8. 8. 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 />
  9. 9. Webinars<br />Keeping in touch<br />
  10. 10. 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 />Visit http://www.grandparentsforchildren.org/newyork.html<br />

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