15th Annual Birthday FUNraiser

The FUNraiser is our signature annual event attended by new and long-time supporters of Kinnect’s mission to find permanent families for all children who experience foster care. None of us could have known the impact that COVID-19 would have on our country, state, and Greater Cleveland community when we scheduled and announced the event to celebrate 15 years of service. At the time, we planned for a festive celebration together, but with the health and safety of our supporters as a priority, we have decided that this year’s celebration will be virtual.
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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.

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