Changes to New York Kinship Care (KinGAP)

  • Adoption, Family, Foster Parents, Parenting

Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has signed legislation to improve the New York Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program (KinGAP). For those who don't know, KinGAP is a program for youth in care where they achieve placement with a relative who's been their foster parent for at least six months. 

The new legislation will make the following changes to the NY KinGAP policy:

  • The definition of a kinship guardian has been expanded to adults who have an existing relationship with the youth, including godparents or close family friends.

  • KinGAP subsidies (financial assistance) will be provided until age 21, no matter what age a youth is when their KinGAP agreement is finalized.

  • Half-siblings will be treated as one sibling unit.

 

You can read the full bill online.