8:30 a.m.: Continental Breakfast Begins
9:00 a.m.: Panel 1 - What is Kinship?
10:00 a.m.: Panel 2 - Kinship System of Care & Financial Assistance
11:00 a.m.: Panel 3 - Mind, Body & Relationship Maintenance
for Kinship Caregiver Success
What is Kinship?
This panel addresses what exactly kinship care is and how the pathway can look: informal versus formal. including foster care. This will be a discussion on how St. Catherine's Center for Children's programs support kinship families.
Kinship System of Care & Financial Assistance
This discussion will review the services available for kinship families across New York State, including Kinship Navigator, local kinship programs, permanency centers and legal resources. It will also review the Non-Parent Caregiver Grant, the most accessible form of financial assistance for kinship families, as well as a review of other financial assistance such as KinGAP, foster care maintenance payments and adoption subsidies.
Mind, Body & Relationship Maintenance for
Kinship Caregiver Success
We all make plans for many things we will do through the years, but once we reach a "certain age" raising children is rarely part of those plans. While the responsibilities, challenges and joys may be willingly accepted, they can often place real and significant stress on caregivers and the relationships between those caregivers, as well as on our minds and bodies. In this informative and interactive session, we will acknowledge and discuss strategies for working through issues that can affect these things when we become kinship caregivers.