What is Kinship Care?
Kinship Care is an arrangement in which a relative, or non-related adult with a strong relationship with a child and/or family, takes over the child’s full-time, substitute care. This may be temporary, or it may be permanent. The Children Services Division of Stark County Job and Family Services (SCJFS) believes kinship care is the most desirable out-of-home placement option for children who cannot live with their parents. Kinship care offers the greatest level of stability by allowing children to maintain their sense of belonging. Kinship care enhances a child’s ability to identify with his or her family’s culture and traditions.
How is Kinship Care established?
Kinship Care includes relationships established through:
- an informal arrangement;
- a legal custody or guardianship order;
- a relative foster care placement; or
- a kinship adoption.
What is a Kinship Coordinator?
As a kinship caregiver, your commitment to care for a child other than you own will be both challenging and rewarding. The Children Services staff is committed to helping you support the physical, emotional, and basic needs of the child you bring into your home.
To help you in your role as a kinship caregiver, you will be assigned a Children Services kinship coordinator and advocate. Your kinship coordinator/advocate will help you navigate through services in our county and will provide you with information about agency assistance programs for which you may be eligible.
Your kinship coordinator/advocate will also be available to assist with information and referral to other community services in our area and to support you as you navigate the child welfare system.
Children Services encourages you to be open and honest with your kinship coordinator as you work together to develop an individualized support plan just for you. For more information, please call 330-451-8789 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.