Ohio marks Kinship Appreciation Month
Each September, child advocates celebrate kin caregivers with Kinship Appreciation Month. Governor John Kasich has issued a resolution declaring September to be Grandparent/Kinship Month throughout Ohio.
The 2012 Census estimated that nearly a hundred thousand Ohio grandparents are raising their grandchildren, a nine percent increase since 2009, and that number doesn’t even capture all of the other extended family and close friends who step in when parents are unable to care for their children.
Some of these caregiving relationships are temporary, others permanent. Some involve the child protection system or the courts; others are informal. Many grandparents use a caregiver power of attorney or caretaker authorization affidavit approved by the Ohio General Assembly in 2012. More than 7,100 children are supported by the state Kinship Permanency Incentive (KPI) Program.
Below are resources for kin caregivers:
- Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Coalition (annual kinship conference Sept. 19)
- Ohio Depatment of Job and Family Services (KPI)
- Ohio Resource Guide for Relatives Caring for Children
- Ohio Family Care Association
On behalf of PCSAO, thank you to all the kin caregivers across the state who are providing a safe, stable, nurturing home for children!