Clearing an Indicated Report

How can you clear an indication on a CPS Report? Why would you want to? Years-old indications can impact your ability to become a legal guardian or foster parent in the future. Learn more about how to clear these records by watching the video below, and reading through the PDF document, created by our High…

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 Chafee Funds Program of NYS: COVID-19 Cash Assistance for Foster Youth

submitted by Kiana Stamps, intern The Chafee Program offers assistance to help current and former foster care youth achieve self-sufficiency. Additional Chafee Cash Assistance funds will be distributed on a one-time, first-come, first served basis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ELIGIBILITY: Chafee cash assistance is available until September 30, 2021 for: Young adults, 18…

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Increased Child Tax Credit for Tax Year 2021

Low- and moderate-income families will soon get monthly payments of $250 or $300 per month per child through an increase to the federal Child Tax Credit (tax year 2021 only). This includes grandparents of other relatives raising a child. If you are a parent or caregiver, have already filed your 2019 or 2020 tax return and…

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CPS Safety Plans

submitted by Sarah Hedden, Esq. Child Protective Service (CPS) is tasked with investigating reports of child maltreatment, and with keeping children safe. When a CPS caseworker finds a situation where a child is unsafe, they often work with the family to create a plan to keep the child(ren) safe while the parent works on the…

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Kinship Care Month – Celebrating Non-Parent Caregivers

September is Kinship Care Month. Kinship Care refers to caregiver grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, adult siblings, and even family friends. Nationally, more than 2.7 million children live with relatives, and New York State has more than 200,000 children living full time with kin. The Center for Elder Law & Justice provides free legal representation to…

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Temporary Orders of Protection during the COVID-19 Crisis

Submitted by Gabrielle Markle As of March 16, 2020, all non-essential matters in the Unified Court System of New York State were adjourned until at least April 30, 2020. Essential matters were narrowly defined to reduce traffic in the courthouse. It is advised that if you have an upcoming court date, to call the court…

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Kinship Care: Continuing the Child-Parent Relationship during COVID-19

submitted by Sarah Hedden, Esq. The coronavirus pandemic is a scary and stressful time for everyone, but particularly for children. Their schools are closed, routines are disrupted, and they or their loved ones may be sick. It’s important to continue a routine for ourselves and the children we care for. Across the United States, about…

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News for Kinship Families

Great news for non-parent custodians! I’m often asked, what’s the difference between guardians and custodians? Generally, Family Court issues Orders of Custody, and Surrogate’s Court issues Letters of Guardianship. There are several legal nuances, but one significant difference has been that non-parent guardians have the statutory authority to make medical decisions for children, just like…

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Significant Update to the Family Court Act

older person's hand with young child's hand

by Sarah Hedden, Esq. On October 29, 2019, an update to Section 1028-a of the Family Court Act was signed into law, paving the way for more relatives and “fictive kin” to be considered as placement resources when children are removed from their parents. It has expanded from relatives within three degrees of consanguinity to…

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