The Council is committed to providing support to grandparents raising grandchildren and other kinship caregivers. The Council’s Kinship Liaison is available by phone and in-person to assist kinship caregivers. The Liaison is an advocate, who provides information and support and assists with “navigating” caregivers through various systems, such as health care, schools, legal services, Job & Family Services, and the courts. The Council also facilitates a monthly kinship support group and prepares and makes available a quarterly kinship newsletter.
Why Has The Greene County Council on Aging Taken On This Effort?
The 2010 Census showed that 8.9% of Ohio’s children (233,699) are being raised in households headed by someone other than their parents. The great majority of these households are headed by grandparents. Many have made their way to various senior service organizations seeking information and support. The Council’s focus on caregivers made the Kinship Program a natural fit.
What Assistance Is Available?
Monthly Support Group-
All Kinship caregivers are welcome to participate in our monthly support group:
Second Tuesday of each month 10:00 am to 11:30 am at GCCOA office 1195 W Second St, Xenia
No registration is necessary. Child care is not provided at this time.
Kinship Education Series -
Informative programs with local experts share information on legal and financial issues, community resources and support, childcare, relationships and caring for the caregiver.
Caregiver Resource Center -
A Resource Center has been put together at the Council’s office. Caregivers may borrow books, videos, articles and other information. Computers will also be available to caregivers for researching additional information via the Internet.
A quarterly newsletter keeps kinship caregivers up to date on upcoming events and available services. Read the Kinship Newsletter here:
MORE INFORMATION - If you would like to refer a caregiver or would like additional information about the Kinship Program, please call the Council office at 937-376-5486 or 1-888-795-8600, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
View our brochure here: Kinship Brochure
Kinship Resources: View PDF here