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Program helps grandparents, relatives raising kids

Each year, about 1,500 grandparents and relatives raising children and 2,700 children receive help through the Area Office on Aging of Northwestern Ohio’s Kinship Navigator Program.

The program is designed to provide information and resources on the dozens of community agencies that offer services for grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters that are raising relative children. Some of those services include but are not limited to  financial and health care assistance, regardless of income; legal questions, finding affordable childcare; managing a child’s anger and behavior issues; food and clothing resources, recreational activities; alcohol and drug abuse issues.

Tim Washington with his great grandchildren Dalen and
Matthew, receive help from the Kinship Navigator Program.

Tim Washington, who raises his great-grandchildren said, “My goal is for my great grandchildren to learn to take care of family first. The Kinship Navigator Program supports me in taking care of my great grandchildren.”

According to the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Task Force Report, the average age of grandparents in Ohio who raise and care for their grandchildren is 55.

For more information about Kinship Navigator, call 419-382-0624.

Tim Washington, with his great-grandchildren Dalen and Matthew, receive help from the Kinship Navigator Program.

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