From the Imprint–In New York, hundreds of these caregivers receive monthly financial payments that amount to thousands of dollars a year, through the state’s Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP). But here and across the nation, the money is still tight, and not everyone who takes in foster children qualifies.
Following legislation signed this week by Gov. Kathy Hochul, that will change for some eligible caregivers who are providing permanent homes for children who could otherwise be left in limbo. The legislation took effect Wednesday.
“The KinGAP program has been widely successful in giving children across New York who cannot remain safely with their parents the opportunity to reside with family members,” the Legal Aid Society which represents most foster youth in New York City stated in a press release. “With this legislation now law, more children across the state can benefit from the safety and stability that comes with being housed with adults that they know and trust.”