Resources for Ohio’s Kinship Caregivers
Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and loving home, but there are far too many Ohio children that can’t remain at home because of parental substance use disorders,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “This new resource adds to the supports available for kinship caregivers because the need is greater than ever.”
Current and prospective kinship caregivers can visit the website for answers to frequently asked questions, use an interactive map to find local services, view a calendar of events and trainings, and fill out a “Contact Us” form for one-on-one assistance.
“Ohio has an estimated 100,000 grandparents and other relatives who have volunteered to care for children when their own parents cannot,” said ODJFS Director Kimberly Hall. “They have made a courageous, life-changing decision, and we are honored to provide this resource so that they can more easily access information and supports.”
Ohio has about 16,000 children in the custody of county children services agencies and a continuing need for more families to care for them. When children must be removed from their homes, caseworkers first try to place them with a family member or close family friend. This “kinship” care offers the greatest level of stability by allowing children to maintain their sense of belonging and to continue their family culture and traditions. Kinship care can be temporary or permanent, depending on the children and families’ needs. More than 4,000 children in children services custody are being cared for by kinship caregivers.
As a result of the recently passed biennial budget and new federal legislation, ODJFS is developing a statewide Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program that is expected to launch in 2020. The program will provide more personalized help in directing kinship caregivers and adoptive parents to local resources and supports.
Ohio offers a range of assistance for eligible kinship caregivers. To apply for services, families should contact their county public children services agency or department of job and family services. Contact information for county agencies can be found on the Service Providers Map on the new website.
New Agency Extension Numbers
Seneca County DJFS has recently implemented a new phone system. From now any extension you directly dial will need the number 2 in front of it. If you are attempting to dial 606 you will need to input 2606 instead. Thank you for your patience!
$74 Million allocated to Protection of Abused and Neglected Kids in Ohio
Last week, Gov. Mike DeWine announced an unprecedented 95 percent increase to the state’s investment in protecting abused and neglected children. That $74 million announcement, along with related spending proposals, makes good on a campaign promise that Ohio should not be last in the nation when it comes to the state’s responsibility for funding such a critical program. Seneca County DJFS Director Kathy Oliver was pleased with the announcement.
“These programs will alleviate the pressure on our agency’s budget, which has struggled to pay rising costs. More importantly, he is saving children and families by improving their chance for a better future,” she said.
See the release for more information (a link to the release is here )
OhioMeansJobs Mobile Apps
Have you heard the latest news? A new mobile application from the state of Ohio allows job seekers to search and apply for jobs using an iPhone, iPad, or Android! The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services announced the free OhioMeansJobs app on Monday, 1/24/12, saying it allows users to search tens of thousands of job openings and internships using a job title, keyword, or location. The app combines state of Ohio data with search and filter tools from Monster.