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Resources & Evaluation

Public Children Services Association of Ohio is the Project Manager for the Enhanced Kinship Navigator Grant in Ohio, awarded as part of the Family Connection Grants from the US Department of Health and Human Services.  Funding for these grants was authorized as part of the Fostering Connections to Success Act of 2008.  PCSAO is proud to work with HSRI, our evaluator to further knowledge of effective kinship supports, to further practice and policy, for the well-being of children in Ohio and across the US.

Ohio Grandparent Kinship Coalition (OGKC)  – consisting of kinship caregivers, kinship caregiver advocates and agencies throughout Ohio, OGKC works to educate, advocate, network and link individuals about the value and concerns of kinship care.

Joint Communication for Local Kinship Collaborations, April 2010


Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) is providing program evaluation for the Enhanced KN project in Ohio.  The evaluation will explore what the seven KN counties accomplish and describe any differences between the KN counties and a group of similar counties who are not part of the project. HSRI will also examine several outcomes, exploring if families who receive services from a Kinship Navigator have different experiences in the child welfare system. For example, we will see whether children are more likely to stay with kinship caregivers than return to foster care in KN counties. HSRI will provide updates on the evaluation on this website and a final report will be available after the conclusion of the grant, in late 2012.


For questions regarding this evaluation, please contact Kim Firth at
About the Child and Family Services Team at HSRI.






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