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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, September 08, 2019 1:40 pm

Ohio offers new resource for relatives caring for children

Associated Press


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Just in time for National Grandparents Day, Ohio is offering a new resource for grandparents and other relatives who are taking care of children.

The state Department of Job and Family Services says some 100,000 grandparents and other relatives in Ohio are voluntarily caring for children whose parents are unable to because of substance abuse or other problems.

The site offers an interactive map to find services, view a calendar of events and training, and a contact form for one-on-one assistance.

Sunday Sept. 8 is Grandparents Day, while September is Kinship Care Month.

ODJFS is developing a statewide Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program expected to launch in 2020 to provide more personalized help.