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For Grandparents Raising Children


Grandpa with 2 grandchildren

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: Erika Fuson: 419-563-1570, ext. 252
  • 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: Crystal Smith: 419-294-4977, ext. 244

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: Postive 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.

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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.

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.

Upcoming dates are March 14, April 11, and May 9. RSVP to (419) 747-7477 or This is a free event provided by the Ontario Community Partnership.

Crawford County: A new grandfamilies support group will begin meeting the 2nd Thursday of every month from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Crawford County Council on Aging on 200 South Spring Street in Bucyrus.

The next meeting is March 14. Grandfamilies are welcome to come meet others who share similar experiences, learn valuable information, and build a support system with other grandparents or (extended family members) raising children. For more information, call 419-562-3050, option 4.

Richland County: New Destiny is a program at Belmont Community Church. New Destiny meets every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 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.

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

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