The NYS Kinship Navigator, the National Kinship Alliance for Children, and the Child Welfare League of America are working with supporters and friends of kinship families to proclaim September as Kinship Care Month.

South Dakota, Virginia, Vermont and New York have acted. See their proclamations and resolutions listed below. There are other states currently making progress:


Progress to Date


Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation

South Dakota

Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation


Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation

New York

Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation


Legislative and/or gubernatorial proclamation


In progress with House – final drafting.  Waiting on senate.

West Virginia

Working with governer to plan event


Working with Legislature


Several counties recognizing, press conference on September 1


Planning Stage


Letters sent to reps, waiting stages


Starting stages

If you are a caregiver interested in joining the campaign to have your state governor or legislature proclaim September as Kinship Care Month, or you are interested in the President and Congress proclaiming September as National Kinship Care Month, please contact the navigator at

By joining this grassroots campaign, you will help to further recognition of kinship families. Kinship families, who are grandparents, relatives, and family friends, who care for children when parents are unable to do so, are a tradition and a national resource that has not received the attention and supports that they so rightly deserve. Join the cause and help support them!

Kinship Care Month September 2015 – Strategies for State Action

New York State Governer’s Proclamation 2015

New York State Assembly Resolution (page 1, page 2)

New York State Senate Resolution – coming soon!

Kinship Care Month Ribbon

South Dakota Proclamation

Virginia Proclamation

Vermont Proclamation

Sample Resolution – please feel free to edit and use as a tool for your state!


Kinship Care Month in the News

September is Kinship Care Month
New York State Kinship Navigator

Kinship Care Month in the State of New York
Hudson Valley Press Online

Support of Kinship Care Vital
Albany Times Union

Kinship Caregivers Program Brings Help, Joy to Dozens of Area Children
Olean Times Herald (Olean, NY)

Kinship Care Growing
Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, NY

Please visit our events page for all of the events around the state to celebrate Kinship care month!