Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 2019, as Kinship Care Month in the State of New York

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Senate Resolution No. 345


MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
September 2019, as Kinship Care Month in the State
of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize
official months that are set aside to increase awareness of issues that
affect the lives of residents of New York State; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is moved to memorialize
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 2019, as Kinship Care
Month in the State of New York; and

WHEREAS, Kinship Care Month is observed in September to recognize
children in kinship families, and the grandparents and other relatives
who raise them, ensuring their safety, promoting their well-being, and
establishing a stable household for these young people to thrive; and

WHEREAS, In kinship families, a caregiver cares for a child or
children who were biologically born to another family member or close
friend because the biological parents are unable to raise them; and

WHEREAS, Nationally, approximately 2.7 million children are living
with grandparents and other relatives in kinship care; more than 190,000
of these young people reside in the State of New York, with less than
3,700 kinship children in foster care; and

WHEREAS, One in 11 of all children, and one in five African-American
children, will live within a kinship family sometime during their
childhood; and

WHEREAS, Kinship caregivers reside in urban, rural and suburban
households in every county of this great Empire State, stepping forward
out of love and loyalty to care for their young relatives, offering much
needed continuity and security, and providing the best opportunity to
retain a child's cultural heritage and community ties; and

WHEREAS, Kinship Care Month honors the priceless role these
grandparents and other relatives play in the lives of the children they
love; famous kinship caregivers include President George Washington; and

WHEREAS, The number of non-relative foster parents continues to
decrease and child welfare agencies are increasingly reliant on kinship
families; and

WHEREAS, Grandparents and other relatives are increasingly providing
caring homes for children because of the opioid crisis; and

WHEREAS, The wisdom and compassion of kinship caregivers is a source
of self-reliance and strength for countless children and for all New
Yorkers; and

WHEREAS, Kinship Care Month also recognizes the accomplishment of
countless youth throughout this great Empire State, and across the
nation, who, with the unconditional support of grandparents and other
relatives, have successfully navigated the emotional trauma of losing
their parents; famous youth who were raised in kinship care include Maya
Angelou, Sandra Day O'Connor, and President Barack Obama; and

WHEREAS, It is vitally important that the public grow in awareness
of the challenges faced by children, grandparents and other relatives in
kinship families; partnerships among the education, legal, social
services, mental health, justice, and other systems are necessary to
ensure access to the services that can enable kinship youth to flourish
in all facets of their life; and

WHEREAS, Kinship Care Month is reflective of the values of family,
community, and the welfare of children shared by citizens across New
York State; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim September 2019, as
Kinship Care Month in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York.


  • 30 / Jan / 2019
  • 05 / Feb / 2019
  • 05 / Feb / 2019

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