Kinship Navigator Program
Kinship Navigator Program
Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.
2155 Arlington Avenue
Toledo, Ohio 43609
419-382-0624, ext. 2231
The Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio' s Kinship Navigator Program guides grandparents and other relatives who are raising children in their extended families to services in the community. Three educational and enrichment Kinship Clubs are held monthly as well as other workshops and events.
If you find yourself in this situation, you are not alone! This program was specifically designed to help guide you to available resources in our community, inform you on topics that are especially relevant to kinship families, and to support you and your family on your journey.
Dozens of community agencies have services for grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters that are raising relative children. Some of those services include but are not limited to:
- Financial and health care assistance, regardless of income
- Legal questions, finding affordable childcare
- Managing a child's anger and behavior issues
- Food and clothing resources, recreational activities
- Alcohol and drug abuse issues
Your call is strictly confidential. When you call Kinship Navigator, you can be assured the call and the information you share will be kept confidential. Neither your name nor the names of the children will be given to other individuals or agencies.
When you call we will:
- Talk with you about your family's situation
- Determine the services you might want/need
- Mail you out a packet with valuable resources and helpful information
- Begin mailing you our monthly newsletter that has all of our upcoming event information
- Follow-up to see how everything is going
- If needed, suggest other services or agencies you may want to contact
With the Kinship Navigator Program, you can participate as little or as much as you want!
Click here for the current month's Kinship Navigator Newsletter, which includes a schedule of the this month's events. Transportation is available to Kinship programming; call 419-382-0624.
Click here for the 5th Edition of the Parenting Smarts Guide for Grandparents & Relatives Raising Children.
Benefits for Kinship Families To find out how to access these services and programs, call 419-382-0624.
Families, in which grandparents or other relatives are raising children in their extended families, are eligible for financial (child-only) assistance and health care coverage for the children from Job & Family Services regardless of the family’s income and custody situation.
The Kinship Navigator Program sponsors meetings and events which usually include a light snack, beverage and child care. To find out how to access these services and programs, call 419-382-0624.
Financial Help For You To Consider To find out how to access these services and programs, call 419-382-0624.
Some kinship caregivers may be eligible for financial help from Lucas County Children Services through a program called KPI, Kinship Permanency Incentive.
Your Family’s Story Is Important We hope you will want to share your family’s story to foster better understanding of kinship families and instill hope for positive futures for kinship children. Call and tell us how you and your children have lived through adversities, the set-backs the successes. To learn more about this project, call Arcelia Armstrong, Coordinator at 419-725-6963.
Kinship Navigator is sponsored by the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio, Inc.
Funding is from Job & Family Services and Lucas County Children Services.