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4 Important Issues
2 days of Advocacy
Come to Albany.
Take action.

Take part in four campaign events fighting for access to children’s behavioral health, alternatives to school suspensions, youth justice reform and family-based foster care.

January 27 : Join us at the Albany State Capitol Building in the Million Dollar Staircases for three back-to-back rallies:
12:00pm Solutions, Not Suspensions Rally| 1:00pm Achieve Youth Justice/ Raise the Age NY| 1:30pm CHAMPS-NY

January 28: Join us for meetings through the day and a rally at the Albany State Capitol Building in the Million Dollar Staircases:
Children’s Behavioral Health Advocacy Day (Contact for more details.)

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Our network represent thousands of families from across the state whose children have been involved in many systems including mental health, substance abuse, special education, juvenile justice, and foster care.

Here are some of our campaign reactions to the Governor’s 2020 State of the State address. 
Moving up the Ladder: Authentic Youth Engagement for Policy and Systems Change

Centering the experiences and voices of youth and young adults is critical to transforming systems, dismantling harmful policies, and designing new ones that more effectively address their needs.

How can systems addressing mental health and substance use move up the engagement ladder from consultation with youth to true partnership, shared decision making, and youth-led policy improvement?

This webinar will share examples of youth engagement at different points on this continuum and push system leaders to move their organizations up the engagement ladder to achieve lasting system transformation.
Hillside Children's Center is Hiring

Posting 190-CL

Contact: Lacey Natello, FPA-C
Manager of Family and Youth Peer Support Services (585)219-3028
Today, nearly 2.7 million children are in kinship care in the United States. Don't miss these resourceful webinars from our partners at CTAC focused on supporting kinship caregivers and families.

"Kinship Care 101"
Tuesday, January 28 - 12:30 PM
Kinship Care 101 will cover the basics of kinship care: looking closely at the characteristics of both children and caregivers, their needs, and how children come into kinship care. The webinar reviews the specialized kinship services available from the NYS Unified Kinship System of Care and describes many of the benefits and rights associated with kinship families.

"Financial Assistance for Kinship Caregivers"
Tuesday, February 11 - 12:30 PM
Kinship caregivers often inquire about their access to financial assistance. This webinar walks through the “child only” (non-parent) public assistance grants as well as other benefits such as Medicaid, childcare and summer camp fees. The webinar also reviews financial assistance available to qualifying caregivers, including foster care maintenance payments, KinGAP payments, Social Security payments and Supplemental Security Income benefits.

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