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Transforming beliefs, values, and actions to ensure permanent families for all children in the shortest time possible.
January 2023
Read Megan's spotlight
Kinnect statewide trainer Rick Dencer has been asked to serve on the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) National Fatherhood Committee. Rick will be presenting Leaning into the Engagement of Fathers at the CWLA conference in Washington, D.C. April 26-28. This is just one of the ways Kinnect leverages its expertise to transform the child welfare system. 
Read Nolan's spotlight

Kin-First Culture in the Courtroom 

Research continues to show that kinship care can lead to fewer out-of-home placements, greater stability for children, and more contact with parents, siblings, and other kin. Children in kinship care generally have better mental and physical health, fewer behavior problems, higher levels of competence, higher levels of placement satisfaction and better outcomes as adults. Judicial stakeholders from around the state came together January 11 in Columbus to build community and explore strategies for reducing judicial barriers to kin and relative caregiving. Read more about it here. For more information, contact Alyse Almadani.
The Youth-Centered Permanency Roundtables Advisory Council will meet in person February 10 in Columbus. The group is happy to be back together for the first time since the pandemic began and to welcome members of the new pilot project, which serves Hardin, Lorain, Williams, and Wood Counties. The council will gather to share the strongest parts of their program and tips for staying energized about their work. Members will also review materials and delve into strategies for preparing youth for meetings, as well as explore the use of external consultants.
SEEK training is available this winter and spring at regional training centers around the state. Registration is through CAPS. 
Learn more
Ohio's Youth Navigator Network (YNN) site is live! YNN offers personalized, one-on-one support to help youth who are in care or have been in care navigate basic needs, health and well-being, housing, career, legal, education, and family issues. At YNN, we believe youth are inherently capable of finding solutions to the circumstances and challenges they face. The YNN program takes an inclusive, engaging, and genuine approach to strengthening youth and their networks.
Visit the YNN website


The PASSS program (Post Adoption Special Services Subsidy) is live on the OhioKAN website! Applications are officially open, and families can now apply online using the PASSS application portal. If you know a family who might be interested, visit the link below for more information or to request an application!  
Visit the PASSS page
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