The Annie E. Casey Foundation provides background information on kinship care as well as resources to support, strengthened and educate families and caregivers. Their kinship page has a great overview of the facts, benefits and challenges of kinship care.
701 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Help is provided in many areas including food, housing, health care and transportation. The Kids Club afterschool program provides a safe and nurturing environment for youth in grades K-5 at various locations. They offer homework assistance, tutoring with a reading specialist, individual reading time, and activities that foster youth’s development of appropriate social skills. The Kindship Care Program Supports relative caregivers who have taken custody of children who cannot be cared for by their parents. The program helps children avoid placement in a non-related foster home when parents are absent, and therefore helps them maintain stability in their education.
3222 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43202
These support groups are offered by Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Association and has monthly sessions that are sharing and educational. Kinship care support groups are held in several counties throughout Ohio.
605 North High Street, P.O. Box 14734, Columbus, Ohio 43214
Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio for people who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or (800) 858-3542 TTY
The Children’s Defense Fund has published a resource kit for kinship caregivers that provides information on topics such as cash assistance, child care and education programs, health care and coverage, as well as other issues important to relative caregivers. They also have other programs and they advocate for legislation on behalf of children.
395 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Click to view their kinship care book, which helps relatives and non-relatives taking over the full-time care of a child. Caregivers may also call to request a copy of this useful resource guide. Some kinship families are eligible for cash payments if a judge has ruled that the child was abused, neglected, dependent or unruly.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(866) 886-3537, option 4 or (614) 466-1213
They provide programs that educate, support, and advocate for adoptive, foster, kinship and respite families. Serves as the statewide voice for adoptive and foster families in Ohio. They educate Ohio’s policymakers about the needs of abused, neglected and dependent children. They also keep members informed about the latest news related to adoption and foster care and provide a warm line for families who are experiencing difficulties related to out-of-home care by providing referral to local agencies for support.
1151 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
Provides information, referrals, and follow-up services to grandparents and other relatives raising children. They assist the kinship caregivers by linking them to benefits. They also have the Family’s Guide to Fostering, Foster-to-Adopt and Adoption with Ohio’s public child protection system.
37 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
This program provides a specialized foster care clinic that offers comprehensive health care services to children and adolescents placed in out-of-home care. The clinic coordinates the medical care of the patients it services and streamlines access to behavioral health services as well. Click here to view their brochure.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
Provides national resources in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system. You can find information on current and pending laws, adoption, financial help, special guardian options and more. Visit GrandFacts for connections to local supports, resources, programs, and benefits.
They have trained Kinship Navigators who offer support through listening, answering questions, guidance through the system to find benefits and resources for kinship families. They work with Ohio families and agencies to remove barriers and develop programs to meet caregiver needs.
3123 Research Boulevard, Dayton, Ohio 45402