Ohio Kinship and Adoption Navigator Development Program (OhioKAN)

Kinnect will continuously update this page with new information, as the Ohio Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program (OhioKAN) is currently in the process of being developed. Please check back soon for the latest updates!



In March 2019, Kinnect was awarded a 7-month planning grant from the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services to facilitate the design of a statewide support network for kinship and adoptive families. OhioKAN will be eligible for funding through the Family First Prevention Services Act at 50% Federal Financial Participation (FFP) by meeting federal requirements for Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Programs.

We are proud to be part of this significant project!

Kinnect believes your voice matters. Developing an effective statewide resource depends on input from adoptive families, kinship families, partner agencies, and rural and urban stakeholders. Our aim is to create a collaborative and inclusive design process – we need to hear what you need, what you don’t want, what works, and what hasn’t worked. Throughout the planning period, Kinnect will provide multiple opportunities for input from anyone who wishes to provide feedback. Check out the meeting schedule below for opportunities to engage in person or contact Cara Textoris, OhioKAN Project Manager, at Cara@KinnectOhio.org for updates and announcements.

ODJFS will begin implementation of OhioKAN on October 1, 2019.

Kinnect is committed to implementing a federally-approved program that is eligible for funding through the Family First Prevention Services Act. During our pre-design planning period, Kinnect will research approved programs throughout the country, as well as the success of models previously implemented in Ohio. This extensive research will be presented to the Stakeholder Workgroup to help identify program goals and components that will best meet the diverse needs of Ohio’s kinship and adoptive families. We encourage you to browse this section to stay up-to-date on federal requirements for Title IV-E funding and Kinnect’s research on national kinship and adoption programs.

The following documents outline the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and the federal requirements for Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Programs to receive funding at 50% Federal Financial Participation (FFP).



Kinnect is conducting research on local and national kinship navigation and post-adoption service program models. Please browse these documents to stay up-to-date on this research.

Research Synthesis with Crosswalk

Questions on our research? Please contact Roxana Bell, OhioKAN Project Manager: Roxana@KinnectOhio.org

Kinnect has worked to identify a diverse group of stakeholders throughout the state to participate in the development of Ohio’s Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program. This Stakeholder Workgroup will meet once a month throughout the development process to discuss research findings and collaboratively design OhioKAN:

All meetings will be centrally located in Downtown Columbus at the Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School.

Family and Youth Law Center
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215


*Kinnect will update this page with information and meeting minutes as necessary

The Stakeholder Workgroup will meet one to three additional times a month in subcommittees, as determined at the initial Stakeholder Workgroup meeting.

*Kinnect will update this page with subcommittee meeting dates, outcomes, and minutes as necessary



Questions? Please contact Cara Textoris, OhioKAN Project Manager: Cara@KinnectOhio.org