Advocacy and Policy Issues, Uncategorized

The Coalition’s President and Executive Director ask for your help

Help Us Help Your Family

In 2010, the Coalition sued the State of New York to compel the state to reimburse foster parents for “the cost of (and cost of providing) food, clothing, shelter, daily supervision, school supplies, a child’s personal incidentals” and other expenses as mandated in the federal Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act.

It has taken over nine years just to have the courts agree that the Coalition has a right to bring the state to court on behalf of families in order to challenge the inadequate foster care payments.  Recently, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued their decision that the Coalition does have this right.  This is an important step forward.

Now, New York State has a decision to make:  Will the state fight the foster families who provide homes and care for the children in the state’s custody? Will the state accept that foster families are entitled to reimbursement for providing basic necessities such as food, clothing and shelter for the children in the state’s care?

Or, will the state fight in court or do right by kids?

No matter what, the Coalition will continue to fight for what children in foster care need.  But litigation is — and has been — a long, hard fight.  The Governor can end this now. 

We want the state to be responsible. We want the State to step up and change its foster care reimbursement rates and policies.

And you can help us do that by putting pressure on the Governor.
Here’s what you can do:

step one of an adoption search in New York State

Contact the Governor:

Click on the link below to send an email. See the sample messaging below. Follow up with a phone call. Call his office at 1-518-474-8390 

You can use the draft copy below for your messaging or make it more personal. The overall message is that we would like the state to end this lawsuit now and stop fighting foster families in court. Offer an agreement that is fair to foster families. We are asking them to be responsible and follow the federal law. Our advice is always to be concise and respectful.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has a reputation for fighting for social, racial and economic justice for all New Yorkers.

Under his leadership, New York passed marriage equality, a $15 minimum wage, the strongest paid family leave program in the nation, the strongest gun safety laws in the nation, equal rights for women, greater protections for immigrants, the largest investment in education in state history, cut taxes for the middle class, implemented a 2% property tax cap, put more New Yorkers to work than ever before, and became the first state in the nation to offer free college tuition for middle-class families.

So why won’t New York support foster families? Don’t make the courts find New York State negligent for the children in care. Play fair with foster care and don’t fight foster families!

step two of an adoption search in New York State

Send a Postcard!

We have created custom postcards just for this issue and we would love to send you a package of them! Just click on the link below and fill out the form so we can send them to you. Fill them all out yourself or share with friends and family. Order a bunch and share with a parent support group or church. This is something that everyone can do that can actually help kids in care!

step three of an adoption search in New York State

Share This Message!

The more folks that contact the Governor, the better an impact we will make and a better outcome can be expected, so please take one final action and share this important message. Use the buttons below to share on Facebook, forward via email or Tweet the message below!

Your calls and emails DO matter. We know we can get the Governor’s attention.
Don’t forget to send your postcards!
Thank you!

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