Relatives Raising Children (Kinship Care)

Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Kinship Permanency Incentive Program
The Kinship Permanency Incentive (KPI) program was created to support children in the homes of family or friends who have committed to caring for them when birth parents cannot. KPI provides time-limited incentive payments to families caring for their kin. Eligible kinship caregivers will receive an initial payment to defray costs of initial placement and may receive subsequent payments at six-month intervals to support the stability of the child's placement in the home. The maximum incentive amount may not exceed eight payments and will not be provided for longer than forty-eight consecutive months. KPI payments are in addition to Ohio Works First (OWF) cash assistance received for the child.

Eligibility requirements for Ohio's Kinship Permanency Incentive Program include:
  • The court must have awarded legal custody or guardianship of the child on or after July 1, 2005 to the kinship caregiver, based on the best interest of the child.
  • The public children services agency must have completed the Relative or Non-Relative Substitute Placement Approval Process, inclusive of a criminal background check, as well as completion of an application form.
  • The gross income of the caregiver's family, including the child, may not exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Cuyahoga County KPI Contacts:    
Dennis Bogart
  Edward Dennis
Michelene Willis
  Vickie Lynch

Resource Guide:

See also Neighborhood Resource Centers