Whether you’re a grandparent, aunt, uncle or another relative, taking care of a loved one’s children full-time… we are here for you!
We are currently delivering Kinship Connection services virtually. Connect with Dawn Merritt, at 513-233-4846 or DMerritt@BeechAcres.org. Monthly meetings foster camaraderie and individuals with experience navigating the court systems & community resources.
Welcoming a loved one's child into your home can have many benefits. For the both of you.
Being able to be cared for by a relative reduces traumatic experiences for your grandchild, niece, nephew, or other relative or loved one.
You are more likely to understand your relative’s circumstances and support them long-tern through difficult times, which has a positive impact on their mental and physical well-being.
Your relative may experience improved mental health outcomes by preserving the child’s natural setting within their family of origin.
You Are Not Alone
2.7 million children (4%) of all U.S. children are being raised in kinship care situations.
Children placed with relatives make up over a quarter (26%) of all children in the foster care system.
Michelle, a grandmother caring for her four grandchildren
My goal was to give them a place where they felt safe and secure and could be kids because they’ve been through so much. Kids should not be discouraged, they need to be encouraged. That’s important to me. That they know ‘you have these strengths in you’.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Classes are available at no cost thanks to the support from The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund.
Thanks to Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties for their generous support.
Barbara J. Fitch
The Landen Family Foundation