- Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York state has awarded $1.34 million to 13 programs from around the state that aim to help foster children live with relatives as an alternative to the traditional foster care system.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the funding Wednesday.

The groups receiving the money are involved in what’s called kinship care, which involves placing a child with a relative or close family friend when they cannot live with their immediate family.

Cuomo’s office cites research showing children who live with relatives often have better outcomes than those raised in traditional foster care.

The money will pay for parental training, support groups and family assessments.

State officials say that between 2006 and 2010 more than 131,000 grandparents were raising their grandchildren in New York state.

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