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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: 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: 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.

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.

Click here for more information about Camp Hope.

Support Groups

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.

Next meeting is 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.

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.

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

Richland County: The 2019 ILCNCO Summer Program for Youth with Disabilities is a program through the Independent Living Center of North Central Ohio. Youth with disabilities who are ages 7 – 17 can experience new adventures each week. The program will take place every Tuesday, beginning 6/4/19 through 8/6/19 from 9:30 am – 11:30 am. There is no fee for participation. Individuals must register by May 31, 2019 and intake must be completed at the Independent Living Center of North Central Ohio office. For more information or to sign up, call 419-564-9520.

Richland County: The 2019 Adult Socialization Program is a program through the Independent Living Center of North Central Ohio. This program is open to all individuals with disabilities who are 18 years of age and older. The program will allow individuals to meet peers while experiencing local venues. Plan to attend every last Friday of the month from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. There is no fee for participation. Individuals must register by May 24, 2019 and intake must be completed at the Independent Living Center of North Central Ohio office. For more information or to sign up, call 419-526-6770.

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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