Ohio State Information

In Ohio, approximately over 192,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers. Additionally, over 86,000 grandparents reported having their grandchildren living with them.

The Ohio Kinship Permanency Incentive Program is offered through the Department of Family and Jobs Services. This program provides cashing assistance to family or friends who care for children, whose parents cannot. Through the incentive, relatives are given initial cash assistance to care for their kin. The program is separate from other assistance given to children by the state. The State of Ohio does offer many programs for kinship care families ranging from cash assistance to support groups; for more information on all of the programs available please refer to the Resource Guide Below.

The Public Children Services Association of Ohio is a private nonprofit organization that advocates for child protection and assistance. The organization is an advocate for kinship care programs, and is a great resource for kinship care families.

Ohio offers a diverse range of services, support, and assistance for kinship care families. Through public and private partnerships the state has been able to place many children with relatives, and prevent their entrance into the foster system.

By the Numbers
  • Over 192,000 children live with grandparents or other relative caregivers.
  • Over 86,000 grandparents report having their grandchildren living with them.
Grandparent Visitation

Download the Grandparent Visitation information here (current as of 8/1/11)

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