The Council provides 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 hosts a monthly kinship support group and publishes a quarterly kinship newsletter.
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 Help is Available?
Monthly Support Group
All Kinship caregivers are welcome to participate in our monthly support group:
When: Second Tuesday of each month,10:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: GCCOA office: 1195 W Second St, Xenia
No registration is necessary. Child care is not provided.
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.
A quarterly newsletter keeps kinship caregivers up to date on upcoming events and available services.
Read the Kinship Newsletter here
If you would like to refer a caregiver or want more information about the Kinship Program, please call the Council office at 937-376-5486 or 1-888-795-8600, or email the Kinship Liaison
View our brochure here: Kinship Brochure
Kinship Resources: View PDF here