Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

In Ohio and throughout the nation, grandparents and other relatives are increasingly being called upon to serve as parents to their grandchildren.

Are you raising a grandchild or other younger relative? If so, give us a call at (419) 524-4144 or (800) 860-5799 for information, resources, and support.

Click here for information about Project Lifesaver, a program that helps individuals with disabilities who are prone to wandering.

Click here for links to additional resources for grandfamilies.

Upcoming Events

None currently.

Support Groups and Programs

Richland County: Grandparents raising grandchildren are invited to join a free support group held monthly from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at Ontario United Methodist Church on 3450 Park Avenue West, Ontario, Ohio 44906.

A hot meal and childcare is provided at no cost.

RSVP to (419) 747-7477 or nagel.amy@ontarioschools.org. This is a free event provided by the Ontario Community Partnership.

Student Achievement through Family Engagement (S.A.F.E.)

Richland County: If you live in the Mansfield School District and your family has lost housing due to economic hardship, and you are living in transition, the Mansfield City School's S.A.F.E. Program can assist you with:

  • School supplies
  • School enrollment
  • School uniforms
  • Transportation
  • Referrals

All information will be kept confidential. For more information, contact:

S.A.F.E. Educational Coordinators

Phil Mitchell: (419) 525-6400, ext. 56413

Louise Yochheim: (419) 525-6369, ext. 61001

 S.A.F.E. Educational Liaison

Holly Christie: (419) 525-6400, ext. 56407

State Contact

Susannah Wayland: (614) 387-7725

Free Summer Meals - Call 211 for more information

Knox County: All children ages 1 - 18 are eligible to receive free meals from June 4 to August 3 at participating program sites. Individuals ages 19 - 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals.

Locations and Meal Times:

  • Riverside Park - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Hiawatha Park - 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Salvation Army: Breakfast - 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM
  • Salvation Army: Lunch - 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

Morrow County: Cardington-Lincoln Local Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge from June 4 to August 17 from 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM. Meals will be provided Monday - Friday.


  • Cardington-Lincoln High School/Cardington-Lincoln Pool
  • Mount Gilead Pool