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The Kinship Permanency Incentive (KPI) program was created to support children in the homes of family or friends who have committed to caring for them when birth parents cannot. KPI provides time-limited incentive payments to families caring for their kin.

For more information, call one of the following:

  • Ashland County - Children Services: Carrie Riley: 419-282-5087
  • Crawford County - Children Services: Tina Ditmars: 419-563-1575
  • Huron County - Children Services: Lisa Albright: 419-663-5437, ext. 3451
  • Knox County - Job and Family Services: Karen Hessel: 740-397-7177, ext. 3042
  • Marion County - Children Services: Dan Downes: 740-386-0421
  • Morrow County - Children Services: Kayla Troiano: 419-949-2630
  • Richland County - Children Services: Brianne Kindinger or Rhonda Marsh: 419-774-4100
  • Seneca County - Job and Family Services: Angela Hossler: 419-447-5011, ext. 319
  • Wyandot County - Children Services/Job and Family Services: Megan Rowe: 419-617-4230

Catalyst Life Services: Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Crisis Services provides comprehensive mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families such as:

Crisis services, including a 24/7 Emergency helpline: 419-522-HELP (4357).

Triple P: Positive Parenting Program, which gives grandparents and other caregivers of children the tools to help manage their child's behavior with confidence, prevent problems from developing, and build strong healthy relationships. For more information, call (419) 774-6866.

Out-Patient Services, including:

  • Assessment and treatment planning
  • Individual, group, family, home-based, school, and play and art counseling
  • Psychiatric and nursing services
  • Daily living, educational, and community support.

Hospice of North Central Ohio (HNCO) provides care and comfort for those dealing with chronic and terminal illnesses or journeying through the grief process.

HNCO offers grief support for adults, including a monthly support group for grievers of overdose.

HNCO also offers a bereavement camp for children ages 6-17, Camp Hope. Camp Hope helps children and teens through the grief process through:

  • small group discussions and age-appropriate activities
  • team-building challenges
  • arts and crafts
  • time to just play games and have fun horseback riding, canoeing, and ziplining
  • interaction with pets
  • archery and splat ball
  • a climbing tower.

Support Groups

Richland County: Grandparents raising grandchildren are invited to join a free support group held on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at Ontario United Methodist Church on 3450 Park Avenue West, Ontario, Ohio 44906. A meal and childcare are provided at no cost. This is a free event provided by the Ontario Community Partnership.

For questions, please contact:

Crawford County: Grands Raising Grands: A support group that will be held at 6 Public Square, Galion, OH 44833 (2nd Floor-Family Life Counseling). This group is for any grandparent who is raising their grandchild.

The objectives of the group are to:

  • To engage with other grandparents who are raising grandchildren.
  • To increase awareness of evidence-based, positive parenting strategies and family dynamics. 
  • To learn stress relieving and coping skills.
  • To become knowledgeable about resources in the community available to you and your family.

If you are interested, please call Candace at (419) 512-9988 or (567) 560-3582 ext. 2068.


Richland County: New Destiny is a program at Belmont Community Church. New Destiny meets every Thursday from 6:00-7:45 p.m. at the church. A nutritious meal is provided. The program offers homework help, coping skills, anger management, family skills, crafts, sports, games, and the opportunity for children to talk with someone who will listen. Call (419) 560-8615 for more information.

Read more about New Destiny here.

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

AARP GrandFamilies Guide: AARP offers an extensive GrandFamilies Guide that provides information for grandparents and kinship caregivers on a variety of topics including family challenges, legal issues, education, and health.

Generations United's Grand Resource - Help for Grandfamilies Impacted by Substance Abuse: These resource guides provided by Generations United are specifically tailored for the needs and challenges of grandparents raising grandchildren due to substance abuse.

GrandFacts - State Fact Sheets for Grandparents: According to, this fact sheet focuses on data and programs for grandfamilies specific to the state of Ohio. It also includes information about public benefits, educational assistance, legal relationship options, and state laws.

HelpGuide's article on Grandparents raising Grandchildren: Information on "the rewards and challenges of parenting the second time around" and 6 tips on how to manage your new situation.

Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services' Ohio Resource Guide for Relatives Caring for Children: A comprehensive guide written for both grandparents and kinship caregivers including information on applying for benefits, finding services for children, making legal decisions, and more.

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