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A09956 Summary:

BILL NOA09956
 
SAME ASSAME AS S08047
 
SPONSORJaffee
 
COSPNSRHevesi, Wright
 
MLTSPNSR
 
Amd 392, Soc Serv L
 
Provides that when a local social services district is in contact with a relative or non-relative kinship caregiver or a suitable person who the district has approached about being a kinship caregiver, such district shall provide written information to such caregivers or prospective suitable persons; further provides that such information shall include, but not be limited to, information relating to child only grants; information about how to become a kinship foster parent and other options for care; and information on how to contact the department of family assistance kinship programs and any resources funded through or operating in the local social services district for relative and non-relative kinship caregivers, including those that provide supportive services for all relative and non-relative kinship caregivers in the district.
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A09956 Actions:

BILL NOA09956
 
03/01/2018referred to children and families
03/06/2018reported
03/08/2018advanced to third reading cal.712
03/12/2018passed assembly
03/12/2018delivered to senate
03/12/2018REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
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A09956 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A9956
 
SPONSOR: Jaffee
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the social services law, in relation to services for relative and non-relative kinship caregivers   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: This bill would ensure that local districts inform both contacted care- givers and potential caregivers about services, and that local districts establish referral procedures which connect all kinship families with the local kinship programs, or, when applicable, permanency resource centers.   SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section one of the bill amends Section 392 of the social services law by adding language specifying that written information regarding how to become a kinship foster parent and other options for care, and how to contact the department of family assistance or kinship programs and/or resources. Section two of the bill sets for the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: In New York State, grandparents, other relatives, and family friends provide full time care for an estimated 200,000 children, with less than 3,400 of these children in foster care. Commonly called kinship care, these families are a critical resource for the well-being of vulnerable children. This bill clarifies how local districts will help kinship families by connecting them to information and services. County social services districts are required by current Social Services Law Section 392 to inform kinship caregivers about the child only grant. However, as reported by kinship caregivers and professionals, provision of informa- tion is inconsistent and sometimes absent. Given the need of local districts to rely on kinship families as resources for children, the legislature acknowledges the importance of kinship families and the necessity of ensuring that all kinship families who are in contact with local districts are informed of eligible services and connected to supportive services.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: This is new legislation.   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the state.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect sixty days after having become a law.
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A09956 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          9956
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      March 1, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  M. of A. JAFFEE, HEVESI -- read once and referred to the
          Committee on Children and Families
 
        AN ACT to amend the social services law, in  relation  to  services  for
          relative and non-relative kinship caregivers
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Section 392 of the social services law, as added by section
     2  3 of part F of chapter 58 of the  laws  of  2010,  is  amended  read  as
     3  follows:
     4    §  392.  Services for relative and non-relative kinship caregivers. 1.
     5  Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, when a local
     6  social services district is in contact with a relative  or  non-relative
     7  kinship  caregiver  or a suitable person who the district has approached
     8  about being a kinship caregiver, [local social services districts]  such
     9  district shall [make] provide written information as described in subdi-
    10  vision  two  of  this section to such caregivers or prospective suitable
    11  persons. Such information shall  also  be  made  available  through  the
    12  [district's]  website  [or]  of  both the office and the district and by
    13  other appropriate means [information for]  in  a  manner  accessible  to
    14  relatives  and  non-relatives  caring for children outside of the foster
    15  care system.
    16    2. Such information shall include but not [necessarily] be limited to:
    17    [1.] a. information relating to child only grants, including  but  not
    18  limited to, how to apply for child only grants; [and]
    19    b.  information  about how to become a kinship foster parent and other
    20  options for care; and
    21    [2.] c. information on how to contact the department of family assist-
    22  ance [or] kinship programs and any resources funded through or operating
    23  in the local [department of] social services [funded resources] district
    24  for relative and non-relative kinship caregivers, including  those  that
    25  provide  supportive  services  for all relative and non-relative kinship
    26  caregivers in the district.
    27    § 2. This act shall take effect on the sixtieth  day  after  it  shall
    28  have become a law.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD14857-01-8
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