General Program Description

Kinship care is the full-time nurturing and protection of a child by relatives, or any other adult who has a kinship bond, or long standing relationship, with a child and their family. Kinship care allows families to ensure the children are safe and have a sense of belonging that maintains family connections. It is a commitment that involves being an active member of a professional team, working with children services, reuniting children with their parents and to help the children achieve permanency.

Eligibility Requirements

If you have specific questions regarding kinship care in Licking County, please contact one of the Kinship Coordinators at 740.670.8735 or 740.670.8833, or by e-mail.

Kinship Providers must meet many of the same requirements as foster or adoptive parents. Kinship providers must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age
  2. Not have a change in Marital Status over the past year.
  3. Be able to provide proof of sufficient income to meet the needs of the household.
  4. Complete BCII, FBI, and Children Service Background Checks with no prohibitive offenses.
  5. Ensure Children are able to attend all scheduled appointments and visitations.
  6. Provide a safe and healthy home for a child.

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Newark, Ohio 43055
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