Buffalo Training Details

New! The NYS Kinship Navigator Unified System of Care: Supports and Assistance for Kinship Caregivers in New York

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Date/Time: Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Location: UB, Center for Tomorrow, Flint Rd. & Maple Rd., Amherst, NY 14226
Hours: 3.0
CEUs: 3.0
Cost: $55.00
Lunch Included: No
Fulfills Hours in Trauma Certificate Program: Elective

Presenters

Rae Glaser

Degrees:
BA

Bio:
Rae Glaser, BA, Co-Director NYS Kinship Navigator, has been with the Kinship Navigator program since its inception in 2006 when she started as the first kinship specialist. Since then, she has worked with thousands of caregivers over the phone and via email. She manages the budget, database, website, liaisons with local kinship program providers across the state, and serves as the regional kinship navigator for WNY.

Sarah Balogh

Degrees:
Esq., MSW

Bio:
Sarah Balogh, Esq., MSW, is a supervising attorney at the Center for Elder Law and Justice in Buffalo. As many seniors are involved in caring for relatives in kinship situations and require legal services, Sarah’s agency is able to provide free civil legal services to seniors, people with disabilities and low-income populations in eight WNY counties.

Heather Radzikowski

Degrees:
BA

Bio:
Heather Radzikowski, BA, Kinship Case Manager, is the sole case manager for the KinCARES Program at Gateway-Longview. She raised her own kin and found many system barriers. Being able to help people that are in similar situations, is a dream come true. Heather is passionate about educating families on their permanency options as well as helping the family feel more stable and secure in their placement. She has also worked in the Gateway-Longview Behavioral Health clinic as a critical time intervention case manager.

Description

A kinship caregiver is a family member caring for a child that is not biologically their own. In NY, there are an estimated 179,000 caregivers, 131,000 of whom are grandparents. Many others are aunts and uncles. Challenges for kinship caregivers include:

• Often do not have supports (and may not be aware supports exist) in accessing general services, legal assistance, and other specialized kinship services;
• Barriers to eligibility for financial assistance, child care, and school enrollment, as well as to accessing other service systems;
• Custodial rights may be less secure;
• Special challenges in maintaining family relationships because, unlike non-relative foster parents, they still are connected to birth parents;
• Children in their care may have numerous adverse and traumatic family experiences (and providing kinship care can be very stressful for the caregivers).

This morning presentation covers the needs of the kinship population in NY, common issues faced by caregivers (primarily in terms of financial and legal barriers), and an overview of the statewide, local, and specialized services available to them. Content will be presented in a trauma-informed approach that stresses safety, collaboration, trustworthiness, empowerment and choice as part of the process.

Learning Objectives:
• Understand the concept of kinship care and the importance of a trauma-informed approach for children and caregivers;
• Recognize the common issues faced by caregivers and what assistance is available;
• Identify statewide, local and specialized services available to families;
• Apply information to interactions with clients and recognize how to refer to supports.

Research: Select research on placing children in kinship living situations can be found at Google Scholar http://bit.ly/2vlLsAm. Select information on kinship care policy can be found at http://www.nysnavigator.org/?page_id=279.

Target Audience: social workers, mental health practitioners, county workers, service coordinators, medical professionals, case managers, creative arts therapists, marriage and family therapists, and other interested individuals.

Content level: beginning and intermediate

CEUs

NY Social Workers: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0001. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 3 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Mental Health Counselors: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0008. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 3 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Creative Arts Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0003. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 3 live in-person contact hours are approved.

NY Marriage and Family Therapists: University at Buffalo School of Social Work Office of Continuing Education is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0007. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance. 3 live in-person contact hours are approved.

New York State OASAS Provider #0045: 3 hours approved for CASAC, CPP & CPS Renewal Hours.

ADA Accommodations: If you require any support for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us by email at least 3 weeks prior to the event by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.

Customer Service: We are happy to respond to any concerns or questions you may have. Please contact us at by email at sw-ce@buffalo.edu or by phone at 716-829-5841.