Sometimes children need to be placed in the care of a relative because they cannot stay home with their parents. When an agency contacts the relatives of a child in need of care, the agency must inform the relatives of their options which generally include direct placement, legal custody or guardianship and kinship foster care. Any relative who is thinking about caring for a child should thoroughly explore all available options and ask informed questions to determine the choice that is best for them.
The Coalition suggests that potential relative caregivers considering options and current caregivers in need of case advocacy, visit or contact staff at the New York State Kinship Navigator. The Navigator web site contains a multitude of legal fact sheets and information. Navigator staff can provide expert advice on available options and remedies. If they are unable to help, or if you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us either of the numbers below.
- Legal Options for Kin and Fictive Kin | Workshop handouts and recording from the Coalition’s 2014 Conference
- New York State Kinship Foster Care Statute and Regulation
- Having a Voice and a Choice: New York State Handbook for Relatives Raising Children (pdf)
- Know Your Options: Relatives Caring for Children (pdf) | Brochure from Office of Children and Family Services
- New York State Kinship Guardianship Assistance (KinGap) Information and Resources
- Ten Steps Public Agencies Can Take to Support Children in Kinship Families
- Placement of Children with Relatives, Child Welfare Information Gateway
- When Children Cannot Remain Home: Foster Family Care and Kinship Care | Brookings Institute
- Kinship Care: A Natural Resource | Video from Office of Children and Family Services
- Stepping Up For Kids | Annie E. Casey Foundation Policy Report