Grandparents & Other Caregivers

Beech Acres Parenting Center Kinship Connections

Kinship Care Is Important

200,000 Ohio children live in the homes of their grandparents or another relative. This represents a 120% increase since just 2010.

These relatives that step up every day help minimize placement disruptions and traumatic experiences for these children. Being placed with a grandparent or other caring relative increases permanency for children has a positive impact on their well-being, and improves mental health outcomes for the children and their families by preserving the child’s natural setting within their family of origin.

Beech Acres Parenting Center is proud to provide services for residents of Hamilton, Clermont, Warren, and Clinton Counties in Ohio.

Kinship Connections Program

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!  Our Kinship Connections team is a support network for you; with monthly meetings to foster camaraderie and individuals with experience navigating the court systems & community resources.

  • Family Connections and group setting learning on a wide variety of topics; including those from Positive Parenting Program (Triple P)
  • Individualized kinship peer support provided in the home and community
  • Service navigation to assist kinship parents and families overcome their barriers

Upcoming Dates

Class Dates and Locations


Clermont County

Mt. Carmel Christian Church, 4110 Bach Buxton Rd. Batavia, Ohio 45103

  • Tuesdays (except holidays) 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church Amelia, 85 W. Main St. Amelia Ohio 45102

  • Thursdays (except holidays) 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Hamilton County

Beech Acres Parenting Center,  6881 Beechmont Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45230 (meets in Feldman Cottage)

  • Tuesdays (except holidays) 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Carl H. Lindner YMCA,  1425B Linn Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45214

  • Wednesdays (except holidays) 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Beech Acres Parenting Center, 3325 Glenmore Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45211

  • Fridays (except holidays) 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Mt. Healthy Alliance Inc., 7612 Perry Street Cincinnati, Ohio 45231

  • November 1st 1:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Warren County

Countryside YMCA, 1699 Deerfield Road, Lebanon, OH 45036

  • Saturday October 19, 2019 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday November 16, 2019 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday December 21, 2019 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Clinton County

Clinton County Head Start, 789 N. Nelson Avenue Wilmington, Ohio 45177

  • October 8, 2019 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • November 12, 2019, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • December 10, 2019, 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.




These classes are available at no cost thanks to support from The Ohio Children’s Trust Fund

Thanks to Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties for their generous support.


Contact Dawn Merritt, Kinship Program Manager  at 513-233-4846 or

For More Information Please Contact

Dawn Merritt, Kinship Program Manager  at 513-233-4846 or

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Being placed with grandparents or other relatives improves a child's well being.
Kinship care improves mental health outcomes for children and families.
The Power To Create A Better Future is a new initiative that’s designed to generate a sense of responsibility in preventing child abuse and neglect by offering resources and information to parents, caregivers, educators, social workers, healthcare professionals, and other concerned citizens. Our goal is to improve the well-being of children, so that every child in Southwest Ohio has the opportunity and resources to grow up safe and healthy.

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