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Transforming beliefs, values, and actions to ensure permanent families for all children in the shortest time possible.
Read Mike's spotlight
Kinnect is committed to developing partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to achieve permanency for all children in the foster care system in the shortest time possible.  As part of this, the Kinnect team presented four sessions at the Kempe 2022 International Virtual Conference: A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare on October 6: 
  1. Partnering Creatively: Keeping Families in Recovery Together Through Intense Family Search and Engagement with Shelbe Brown, Malinda Hamm, and the Brown County Start Team
  2. Elevating the Role of Noncustodial Parents, Improving Outcomes for Children in Child Welfare with Lorie Bricker, Donikea Austin, and Beth Stahl
  3. Improving Our Collective Practice For Those Who Need It Most: The Youth We Serve with Stephanie Beleal
  4. Idea Labs for Collaboration: Developing a Holistic Fidelity Monitoring Process with Torrie Avey, Teresa Scrimenti, partners from Kaye Implementation and Evaluation and Chapin Hall
Continuing our focus on transforming beliefs, values and actions, Kinnect to Family OhioSTART Specialist Shelbe Brown and Coach Lorie Bricker presented Family Knows Family Best: Leaning In, So You Can Lead Out at the Ohio Children's Alliance Paving the Way Conference on October 12. 
The Youth Navigator Network launches next week! Read Program Manager Arlene Jones' spotlight and find more information here. 
Read Arlene's spotlight
We are excited to expand our training program to continue enhancing kinship practice across the state.  The strategies from these sessions empower families and produce lasting results, connecting young people with their families, kin, culture, and communities. Our new series is open to anyone with an interest in family search and engagement or sexual orientation, gender identity and expression (SOGIE). Upcoming sessions include: 
  • Identifying System Barriers to Family Engagement - November 21 from 1 - 4 p.m.
  • SOGIE 101 - November 30 from 1- 4 p.m. 
  • Unpacking the ‘No’ - December 19 from 1 - 4 p.m.
Find out more and register
OhioKAN's new Program Manual is up and running! Learn all about the offerings at OhioKAN, including the history of the program, the Theory of Change used to help families, and much more. 
Read the manual


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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