Kinship care refers to situations when a relative or non-relative has taken over the full-time care, nurturing and protection of a child. The definition for kinship caregivers also goes beyond the scope of blood relatives and may include an adult who has a legal adoptive relationship, a familiar relationship or a bond with the child and/or family. Click here to download a Guide to Kinship Care.
Are you caring for a kin child?
If so, visit the KinshipOhio and Ohio Grandparent-Kinship Coalition websites for helpful information.
For additional advice and tools for kinship care, visit Grandparents.com or review the Ohio Resource Guide for Relatives Caring for Children. Click here to download the Ohio Guardianship Guide.
FCCS Kinship Services
Open Case Services
The Kinship program is designed to provide a one-stop-shop for support services to kinship families, while a case is open with FCCS. The goal is to ensure teamwork and communication between kinship families and the agency. Services include:
- Educational orientation about FCCS and support services
- Limited material assistance (to those who qualify)
- Assistance with transition of the youth into the home
Additional information can be found in our kinship brochure. Click here to view a printable copy.
To contact FCCS regarding open kinship cases, call (614) 341-6161.
Closed Case Services – Kinship Aftercare Program
The Kinship Aftercare program offers support services to eligible kinship caregivers who have received custody/legal guardianship of one or more children (relative or non-relative) from Franklin County Children Services and within three years of the FCCS case closure. Applicants must meet the 300% poverty guidelines to qualify. If eligible, aftercare services may be offered to kinship caregivers for up to 36 months, as long as funds are available.
Once a caregiver is approved for the Kinship Aftercare program, an individual assessment is completed to determine how FCCS can provide assistance. Support is provided on a case-by-case basis by sharing community resource information and/or by providing material or financial assistance.
All kinship caregivers in the program are invited to attend support groups throughout the year.
Please note, the FCCS Kinship Aftercare Program is not available for birth parents or those who received open case services from National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) or Permanent Family Solutions (PFSN)/Buckeye Ranch. Kinship caregivers involved with NYAP or PFSN should contact the applicable agency to inquire about services. (Call NYAP at 614-252-6927 or PFSN at 614-384-7700.)
For more information or to see if you qualify, please contact the Kinship Aftercare program at (614) 341-6175 or email email@example.com.
Kinship Permanency Incentive Program
Some kinship families are eligible to receive help through Ohio's Kinship Permanency Incentive (KPI) Program. KPI is a state initiative that provides kinship families who meet eligibility requirements and who received legal custody or guardianship of a kinship youth on or after July 1, 2005, with time-limited incentive payments. To provide additional help, Children Services has expanded that program by offering matching funds to eligible kinship caregivers to further assist those who apply for and receive state assistance. Families may be eligible for Children Services' matching funds at redetermination for the state KPI program.
To begin the process to be assessed for KPI funds, the kinship caregiver must fill out the form attached at this link and submit it to the kinship department at 855 W. Mound St. Columbus, Ohio 43223. If you have questions, contact FCCS via the KPI Phone Line at (614) 275-2642 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Franklin County Children Services can only assess kinship caregivers living within Franklin County. If you reside outside of Franklin County, please contact your local children services agency for assistance.
Contact Information:For more information about FCCS's Kinship program, call (614) 341-6161.
To make a report of child abuse or neglect in Franklin County, Ohio, call the 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline at (614) 229-7000 or visit the offices of intake, assessment and investigations at 4071 E. Main St., Whitehall, OH 43213.