Kinnect Leadership Update

The new year has proven to be a wonderful time for us to reflect on all that we have achieved together since Kinnect was founded in 2005. It has also reminded us to focus on our most critical priorities for 2020 and beyond and consider the resources needed for success.

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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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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 were placed in foster homes. Due to extenuating circumstances and agency procedures, fourteen-year-old Kylee was moved four times in three weeks, deeply compounding the trauma of being separated from her brothers and mother.

When the Sawyers’ case was transferred to the 30 Days to Family® Ohio program…

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Samantha

Ten-year-old Samantha (name has been changed) 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 Maine. With a complicated history of sexual abuse and the painful experience of being separated from her mom, it was important and necessary that Samantha receive trauma-informed counseling and ongoing support. Without this, her problems and pain would only continue to multiply.

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