Kinship caregivers, usually grandmothers, are increasingly asked to assume full-time responsibility of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and siblings when parents are unable to raise them. In New York City, approximately 250,000 children are being raised by grandparents and other relatives.
Currently New York City agencies provide supportive services to kinship caregivers. The goal of this report is to identify barriers to those services and collaborate to improve services to meet the needs of caregivers. Based on the responses of the caregivers, we have made recommendations to eliminate barriers faced by kinship caregivers within city agencies and systems. The recommendations are organized by agency/system.