Kinship Services

Athens County Children Services has always been committed to children remaining with family members whenever possible when they cannot stay with their parents.

What is kinship care? Read further for a brief overview.

    • Kinship care is the most desirable placement option for children who cannot live with their parents. Athens County Children Services strives to ensure that children are placed with kin whenever possible. Kinship placements are important to the agency and to children because they allow the children stability and can create a unique sense of belonging by preserving families when parents are not able to do so.
    • Kin can be a blood relative or a non-relative who has a relationship with the family or the child.inship arrangements are established in a number of different ways. Sometimes kinship arrangements may happen informally. For example, you may be raising your grandchild, niece, nephew, or cousin. There may have been no paperwork involved, and the child's parent's may be ok with the arrangement. This is one example of informal kinship care.
    • Kinship care can also happen as a formal arrangement, meaning that there may have been a legal custody arrangement, guardianship, or kinship adoption.
No matter how the arrangement was made, kin are making a courageous and life-changing commitment to the children in their care.
  • In Ohio, there are 86,000 children who rely on their grandparents to meet their basic needs.
  • The number of children in a kinship arrangement is steadily on the rise due to the difficulties faced by biological parents from drug abuse to poverty.
  • Kinship placements tend to be more enduring over time due to blood ties than any other placement option.
Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section of our website for further information regarding kinship care. Athens County Children Services is here to preserve families and assist kinship placements, formal or informal.


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