Waiting Child Fund is now Kinnect!

What began in 2005 with a goal of raising funds to help individual at-risk children find an adoptive family is now a source of training, services, and advocacy to ensure that all children find permanency in the form of adoption, reunification, or placement with kinship caregivers. Welcome to Kinnect, the successor to Waiting Child Fund!
What We Do

What is Kinnect?

How do you make child welfare work better, smarter, and more closely aligned with those who need it most?

At Kinnect, we envision a child welfare system in Ohio where:

  • Foster care is temporary or short term
  • Children and families are empowered to find solutions to the problems they face
  • Direct service providers and social workers can establish and maintain a culture of innovation and excellence
  • All stakeholders prioritize permanency in each decision made on behalf of a child and their family

We believe that childhood is a fundamental human right, and that every day for a child in foster care is a day in crisis. We envision a world where families, agencies, resources – and children – work together so that every child is loved and nurtured in a permanent chosen family. We develop partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to achieve permanency for all children in the shortest time possible. We’ve been advancing this mission since 2005 (as Waiting Child Fund).

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The power of kinship

The Kinnect Approach places kinship at the heart of the effort to help children in need find their permanent family. Foster care should be short-term and temporary. By partnering with other members of a child’s extended family, we can minimize disruption and help the family thrive.

How to help
  • Latest Blog

    Crime Victims Grant Awarded to Waiting Child Fund

    Children affected by the opioid crisis have a better chance at living with trusted kinship caregivers thanks to a $1 million grant awarded to Cleveland’s Waiting Child Fund. “This is a tragedy and certainly is an emergency,” said Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine of the state’s need for foster care

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    Eight Ohio Counties Chosen for Innovative Foster Care Pilot Program

    Families, children and child protection staff in eight Ohio counties can look forward to additional support and resources in 2018 thanks to the innovative 30 Days to Family ® Ohio program, expected to launch early next year. In August, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced $1 million in funding for

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    Charlotte

    Charlotte was born on a snowy morning in January of 2018. Unfortunately, Charlotte is one of a growing number of babies born with drugs in her system. Because of a number of social issues, the hospital knew Charlotte would not be able to go home safely. Charlotte is not the

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    2017 Year in Review

    The following Year in Review is designed to provide a summary of programmatic, organizational, and fundraising milestones achieved by Waiting Child Fund in 2017.  Founded in 2005, the mission of Waiting Child Fund is to develop partnerships that transform beliefs, values, and actions to achieve permanency for all children in

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    Achieving Lifelong Family Permanency

    THE ISSUE Foster care is intended to be a temporary intervention in the life of a child. Yet far too many children stay in foster care too long and move too often – exacerbating the trauma that led to the child being removed from their family in the first place.

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    Identity and Connectedness to Birth Family

    The Issue Removal from family, out of home placement, and/or termination of parental rights are not neutral interventions in the life of a child.  Intervention itself impacts the safety and well-being of the child, and separation from culture and family relationships will, in every case, result in lifelong implications for

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