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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