Office for the Aging


Kinship Caregivers Keep Families Intact

More than 150,000 children in New York State are raised by grandparents or other family members. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has designated September as Kinship Care Month in New York State, recognizing individuals for their important role in keeping families intact.

“Kinship care” refers to grandparents, other relatives, and even family friends who are caring for children. Most kinship caregivers are not foster parents and privately provide full time care for children.

The New York State Office for Children and Family Services (OCSF) offers many resources for Kinship Care families.

The New York State Kinship Navigator provides information, referrals, and assistance via its website and toll free phone line (877-454-6463). The Kinship Navigator provides information on a wide range of kinship topics, including:

  • National, state, and local resources and services for kinship families
  • Federal and state laws about kinship care
  • Financial assistance grants for kinship families

Did You Know?
You can watch the video “ Addressing the Challenges in Supporting Kinship Caregivers” here, or visit the kinship care section of the OCFS website for more information.