Kinship Care- Grandparent and Family Member Caretakers

A number of grandparents and other relatives care for children whose own parents are unable to care for them.

This arrangement, called kinship care, can be an informal, private arrangement between the parents and relative caregivers, including:
  • Grandparents.
  • Aunts.
  • Uncles.
  • Other relatives.
  • Family friends.
In other situations, the children are in Cuyahoga County custody and placed with a relative caregiver.

We want to support kinship caregivers and help them work effectively with the child welfare system.

The Ohio Resource Guide for Relatives Caring for Children is a comprehensive guidebook containing information about:
  • What kinship care is.
  • How to care for children who were abused, neglected, or abandoned.
  • Finding help with expenses.
  • Finding help with medical services.
  • Finding help with educational services.
  • Finding help with legal services and understanding legal terms.


Kinship Support Program

Kinship Caregivers with youth placed in their home as documented in SACWIS, have started to receive their new payments under the Kinship Support Program (KSP).

Extended Kinship Support Program (E-KSP)

Cuyahoga County funded kinship support program information and FAQs.

Kinship Daycare

Information about daycare for family members caring for children.

Kinship Mileage Reimbursement

Information about kinship mileage reimbursement and link to form.

Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Abuse

Even if the children in your care are happy to be with you, they have been through a lot. As a result, the children in your care may need special help to grow and thrive.

Supportive Services for Families

How the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services can help your children thrive.

Tapestry System of Care

The Tapestry System of Care provides a support network for Cuyahoga County children with significant emotional or behavioral needs.

Help Me Grow

Help Me Grow sets up young children in Cuyahoga County for long-term success. Services include early intervention and home visiting.

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