There is a broad
continuum of family arrangements and governmental supports when a child
is placed out of their parents’ home. Arrangements range from informal
to judicially ordered. View
a matrix of arrangements,
financial supports and eligibilities.
Families may qualify for additional benefits, see below or connect with
your local Ohio Benefit Bank Counselor, more information can be found at
the Benefit Bank website.
can also access more detailed information and for many
assistance benefits that are available to Ohioans, as well as
– apply at your local County Department of Job and Family Services
agency (CDJFS), and ask for “Child Only” TANF or Ohio Works First
cash assistance. Eligibility is based on the child’s out of home
status, not the caregiver’s income.
– apply at your local CDJFS, while seeking cash assistance. Based
on child’s income, if they are not already covered on a health
insurance policy, the child is likely eligible for a Medicaid card.
This will be VERY valuable in meeting the needs of the child in your
– apply at the local CDJFS. This benefit is based on your household
income and number of people living there.
– for low
income caregivers that are working. Apply at local CDJFS.
Permanency Incentive Program
– financial supports available for
qualifying permanent kinship families (those with judicial custody
award, apply at your local public children services agency. View
program description and
Grandparent Power of Attorney and Caregiver Affidavit forms - HB
279 updated the legal documentation to assist Grandparent Caregivers
that have physical custody of their grandchildren, but not
judicially awarded custody. When properly completed, notarized and
filed with the court, these forms will assist grandparents in
enrolling grandchildren in school and participating as the parent;
accessing routine and emergency medical and dental care.
The revised forms do not expire, and if disagreements arise between
grandparent caregiver and the parent, the grandparent can request a
hearing in juvenile court, and seek judicial custody.
Power of Attorney forms:
here and see page 40 for grandparents whose children
are authorizing the grandparent's power of attorney for their
Caregiver Authorization Affidavit form: Click
here page 45 for grandparents
caring for their grandchildren who are unable to locate the child's
parent or parent's.
Kinship Resource Guide outlined by the Ohio Department of Job and Family
Services - this guide provides a wealth of