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The Kinship Permanency Incentive program is designed to promote a permanent commitment by the kinship caregiver by becoming a guardian or custodian over a minor child who would otherwise be unsafe or at risk of harm if the child remained in their own home. 

The Kinship Permanency Incentive program provides time-limited incentive payments to families caring for the kin.

Eligibility requirement for the KPI program include: 

  • Court must have awarded “legal custody” or guardianship of the child on or after 7/1/05 to the kinship caregiver.  Any temporary court orders do not apply.

  • The gross income of the caregiver’s family may not exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. (These income guidelines are very high). 

  • Family must have obtained an approved home study.

 Eligible families will receive an initial payment of $525 per child and $300 per child every six months for a maximum of $2,025. 

Contact Information:

  • Debbie Steffel, LSW
    (330)424-7781, ext. 3144

  • Shanon Ward
    (330)424-7781, ext. 3140

  • Columbiana County DJFS
    Division of Children Services
    110 North Nelson Ave.
    Lisbon, OH 44432
    Tel: (330)424-7781
    Help Hotline: 1-800-427-3603
    Help Hotline After Hours: 330-424-7767




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