Kinship Care refers to cases where 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 familiar relationshi or bond with the child and/or family.
Are you a grandparent who is caring for a grandchild in Ohio, but cannot make vital decisions because you don't have legal custody?
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FCCS Kinship Care Services
Closed Case Services
Franklin County Children Services provides support services to those who accept the role of caregiver for a child once a FCCS case has been closed. Kinship families are linked with support groups, one-to-one counseling (when needed) and other community services. The goal is to help the child and care-givers adjust to new and challenging family dynamics and avoid disruption.
The Kinship Care program may offer the following services to Franklin County Children Services (closed case) Kinship Care providers:
- Beds, cribs, and dressers (one time only)
- Gift cards for purchasing clothing
- Deposit/rent/mortgage or utility assistance (one time only)
- Gift cards for purchasing food
- Respite care
- Support groups and workshops
All applicants must meet 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify, and must have taken legal custody of the children within 3 years of FCCS case closure. Some of the benefits have a one-time limit and others have annual limits. These services will be in operation as long as funds are available.
Open Case Services
Tthe Kinship Care 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 case transition
Additional information can be found in our Kinship Care brochure. Click here to view a printable copy.