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Non-Parent Caregivers/Kinship Care

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The NYS Kinship Navigator is an information, referral and advocacy program for kinship caregivers in New York State. A kinship caregiver is an individual that is caring for a child that is not biologically their own. In New York State, there are an estimated 179,000 caregivers, 131,000 of whom are grandparents raising grandchildren. Many others are aunts and uncles. The Navigator seeks to assist these caregivers by providing information on financial assistance, legal information and referrals, and other types of issues that caregivers face when raising children in order to provide stability and permanency in the home. Contact us today for more information!

NYS Kinship Navigator Brochure

Phone: (877) 454-6463
TTY: New York Relay 711 or 1-800-421-1220
Fax: (585) 454-6286


Mailing Address:
87 N. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604


Center for Elder Law & Justice                       

Our Kinship Care Unit provides free legal representation to kinship caregivers of all ages in Erie and Niagara Counties. If you are caring for, or seeking to care for, a child who is not your child, you can call 716-853-3087 to see if you qualify for representation. Income guidelines may apply to those under age 55. 

Services provided include representation in:

  • Neglect and Abuse
  • Custody
  • Guardianship
  • Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Family Offense
  • Administrative Matters 


New York State Office of Children and Family Services  



Family Help Center - Grand-Families Program 

Are you: 

  • A grandparent raising your grandchildren?
  • An elder family member, an aunt or uncle helping to raise children from your extended family?
  • A kinship provider?
  • Need a break or some breathing space? Call 716-822-0919