30 Days to Family® Ohio Interim Report - August 2018

In August 2018, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine released the interim 30 Days to Family® Ohio report. Click below to read more.
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What is Kinnect?

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

  • Foster care is a temporary or short-term option
  • 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

    In a Program Called “30 Days to Family®,” Why One Case That Extended Past the 30-Day Mark Exemplifies What This Program Is About

    With more than three million dollars in support from the Ohio Attorney General’s office from 2017-2019, the 30 Days to Family® Ohio program has gotten a lot of attention lately. 30 Days to Family® Ohio is an impactful program that helps children find loving homes with kin in the shortest

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  • Latest Event

    Family Finding Convening – Registration

    Overview      |      Speaker Biographies      |      Registration The Family Finding Convening is an interactive learning and engagement opportunity for administrative and management level representatives working with families and children who experience the child welfare system.  The day will focus on learning from existing models and holding strategic

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  • Latest Blog

    Permanency in a Cookie Jar

      “As soon as we pulled into the driveway, 11-year-old Jenny* blew past me and let herself in through the front door, dropped her bag, kicked off her shoes, and ran to the kitchen. I’ve taken a lot of kids to foster homes for placement, and none of them act

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  • Latest Event

    What’s the Good Word? Scrabble!

    The Waiting Child Fund is now Kinnect—a name that represents our core practice of engaging kin to help children in foster care to find permanent, loving homes in the shortest time possible. “Kin” includes biological family, friends, and other close connections who help every child grow up amidst the support

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  • Latest Blog

    The Sawyers

    In the days and weeks after Kayden, Kylee, and Shawn Sawyer* were taken into child welfare custody, the teenagers repeatedly asked if they could live with their maternal uncle, Jesse. However, based on previous legal charges, child welfare workers quickly discredited Uncle Jesse’s ability to provide support, and the siblings

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  • Latest Blog

    Samantha

    Ten-year-old Samantha* came to live with her dad in Ohio five years ago, after being removed from her mother’s care by a children services agency in her home state of Vermont. With a complicated history of sexual abuse and the painful experience of being separated from her mom, it was

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