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Lake County, Ohio - Job and Family Services

Kinship Resource Guide

    Kinship Resource Guide

    Lake County Department of Job and Family Services
    Kinship/Relative Resource Guide

    Raising a child comes with many joys but for individuals raising a relative or a friend’s child (also known as kinship care), it can also create many unexpected burdens.  This resource guide has been developed to help answer many of your questions regarding available services in Lake County including financial, legal, educational, and supportive resources which may be available to you.

    The Lake County Department of Job and Family Services is committed to assisting you with this undertaking.  If you have questions about the information provided in this guide or need assistance in initiating services, please do not hesitate to contact Eugene Tetrick at Eugene.Tetrick@jfs.ohio.gov or (440) 350-4260.

    CHILDREN GROW BETTER IN FAMILIES

    Kinship Financial Resources

    Caregivers may be eligible for assistance programs through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to help meet the needs of the child in their care. Some of these programs are specific to relatives of the child.  Some of these programs do not consider the caregiver’s income in determining eligibility.  Below is a description of income maintenance assistance programs.

    Ohio Works First- Cash Assistance for Relatives Caring for Children
    This is a cash assistance program available to assist caregivers in providing for children who are relatives.  The caregiver’s income is not considered for the OWF-Cash Assistance program.  In order to be considered for assistance through this program, relatives must submit an application for assistance in the county where the caregiver resides.  A link to this application is provided below.  For questions regarding this program in Lake County, please call (440) 350-4000.

    Kinship Permanency Incentive Program (KPI)
    The Kinship Permanency Incentive Program was created to support children in the homes of relatives or friends who have committed to caring for them when birth parents cannot.  The KPI program provides cash payments for children in the legal custody or guardianship of the caregiver.  Some families will not be eligible for this program.  In order for a caregiver to be eligible for this program, a court must have issued an order granting legal custody or legal guardianship to the caregiver on or after July 1, 2005.  The child must be residing with the caregiver and the caregiver must be a resident of the state of Ohio.  To qualify for KPI funds, the gross income of the caregiver’s family cannot exceed 300% of the federal poverty guidelines.  For example, the poverty guideline for a family of 3 is a gross family income below $54,930.  KPI payments are in addition to the Ohio Works First (OWF) case assistance received for the child.  In order to be considered for this program, caregivers should submit an application in the county in which they reside.  In Lake County, residents may call (440) 350-4311 with questions or to request an application.


    Food Assistance
    Assistance is provided for the purchase of food products by determining eligibility based upon family size and gross monthly income.  To be considered for this program, relatives must submit an application for assistance in the county in which they reside. A link to this application is provided below.  For questions regarding this program in Lake County, please call (440) 350-4000.

    Child Care
    Assistance may be provided to subsidize the cost of child care to eligible families with children under age 12 whose caretaker(s) are employed, attending school or cooperating with their self sufficiency contract.  Over 70 licensed child care centers in Lake, Ashtabula, Geauga and Cuyahoga counties are under contract with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services for the purpose of providing subsidized child care.  To be considered for this program, relatives must submit an application for assistance in the county in which they reside. A link to this application is provided below.  For questions regarding Day Care eligibility in Lake County, please call (440) 350-4483 or (440) 918-4483.

    Medical
    Medical assistance may be available to relative providers for the children in their care regardless of the family’s income.  Benefits may include medical coverage for physician office visits, prescriptions, and hospitalization.  To be considered for this program, relatives must submit an application for assistance in the county in which they reside.  A link to this application is provided below.  For questions regarding this program in Lake County, please call (440) 350-4000.

    The following link provides access to the application for the above mentioned assistance programs:  http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/inter.asp
    Click on form number and enter 7200 in search box

    To request an application be mailed to you, please call (440) 350-4483 or (440) 918-4483.

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