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Tools and Resources

Resources and tools for county child welfare agencies in New York State to implement the federal Family First Prevention Services Act law.

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Congregate Care Deep Dive

Pilot Prevention Planning Process

This document details the pilot prevention planning process.

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Congregate Care Deep Dive

New York State Kinship Policy Template

Kinship Policy and Best Practices Template, finalized in December 2020 by the ABA Center on Children and the Law New York State.

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Congregate Care Deep Dive

Finding Family Desk Guide

This guide was developed to serve as a reference tool for caseworkers and supervisors on steps and strategies for finding and engaging family resources.

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Kin-First Placement

Creative Supports for Kinship Placements: Including Flex Funds In Your Kinship Firewall Policy

This issue brief describes options for integrating the use of flexible funds into an LDSS's kin-first firewall policy to support meeting immediate needs of kinship caregivers. The brief provides a proposed process, helpful tips and examples of the flex-funds approaches of several jurisdictions.

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Kinship Champion Curriculum: Kinship Resources

This resource list, created as part of the State's Kinship Champion Curriculum, provides both national and state resources to support kinship

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Kinship Champion Curriculum: Family Resource Form

This sample form, created by the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and used as part of the State's Kinship Champion Curriculum, provides an example of how information about family resources can be collected.

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Kinship Champion Curriculum: Relative/Suitable Other Safety Assessment

This sample form, created by Onondaga County and used as part of the State's Kinship Champion Curriculum, presents an example of a safety assessment that can be used for relatives and other suitable persons.

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Kinship Champion Curriculum: Bringing Family to the Table: Tips and Techniques for Effective Family Engagement

This article, created by Child Trends and used as part of the State's Kinship Champion Curriculum, provides tips and methods for engaging family members and fictive kin in planning for a child in foster care. The article explores each step of the engagement process and best practices for each.

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Kinship Champion Curriculum: More About Family Finding

This document, created as part of the State's Kinship Champion Curriculum, provides an overview of the Family Finding model and its essential components.

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Kinship Champion Curriculum: Piecing Together the Puzzle: Tips and Techniques for Effective Discovery in Family Finding

This article, created by Child Trends and used as part of the State's Kinship Champion Curriculum, provides tips and methods for finding and engaging family members in planning for a relative child in foster care.

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