Kinship Care Program
Kinship Navigator Program Creates A More Stable TomorrowThere are times when children cannot remain in their own homes. Many children are fortunate to have a kinship caregiver step-in to help when this situation arises. Kinship care is a temporary (or permanent) arrangement in which a relative or non-relative adult who has a long standing relationship with the child and/or family has taken over the full-time care of the child when their parents are unable to do so. Kinship care includes those relationships established through the legal system as well as those established through informal arrangements. Clark County’s Kinship Care program guides relatives and other kinship providers to services within the community, providing benefits and supports that children may need.
Benefits Available to Kinship Caregivers
- Cash Assistance - Apply at BenefitsPlus of Clark County (937-327-1700) and ask for “Child Only” TANF or OWF assistance. Eligibility is based on the child’s situation, not the caregiver’s income.
- Medical Assistance - Apply at BenefitsPlus. Based on child’s income, if they are not already covered on a health insurance policy, the child is likely to be eligible for a Medicaid card.
- Food Assistance - Apply at BenefitsPlus. This benefit is available for low income caregivers that are working. Eligibility is based on household income.
- Child Care Subsidy - Apply at BenefitsPlus. This benefit is available for low income caregivers that are working. Eligibility is based on household income.
- Kinship Permanency Incentive (KPI) Assistance - Financial supports available for qualifying permanent kinship families. Apply at Clark County Family and Children Services. Call 937-327-1748 and ask for the KPI Program.
So Why Kinship?While the child protection system works to strengthen families that are struggling to positively care for their own child, kinship caregivers offer an important option when the child cannot remain safely in their own home. Studies show that children have far better outcomes being placed in kinship care as opposed to foster care. And while foster care is a valuable and necessary resource in many cases, we know that children grow better living in safe, familiar homes.
Need More Information?
- Child Welfare League of America
- Children's defense fund (type kinship care in the search box)
- Ohio JFS Kinship Care
- PCSAO Kinship Support