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Kinship

Full-Time Care of Children

Kinship care is the provision of full-time care of children by relatives and non-relatives who often have a relationship with the child or had a relationship with the child previously.

Mahoning County Children Services’ (MCCS) Kinship Program promotes the safety, permanency and well-being of children. The program promotes collaborative relationships between parent(s), guardians, service providers, community partners and kinship families. Kinship care reduces the need for placement of children in more restrictive placement settings within the child welfare system.

MCCS employs three Kinship Navigators who perform: family search and engagement services, home study assessments and assessment of kinship family needs.

After an assessment of needs is completed on a kinship family, the Kinship Navigator is able to provide kinship caregivers with information and referral to community partners so the family can access resources and supports which will allow them to provide a temporary, safe, stable and secure environment for the children in their care. The agency will provide the following tangible supports on a case by case basis for kinship families who are caring for children who are part of active cases at MCCS:

  1. Food assistance
  2. Clothing assistance
  3. Housing assistance
  4. Furniture assistance
  5. Utility assistance
  6. KPI (Kinship Permanency Incentive) funds are available to kinship caregivers who are eligible.

Kinship caregivers can access many supportive services via the Help Network 211.