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Welcome to the official OhioKAN Blog, The Navigator. Please find entries from our OhioKAN staff and leadership with insights on navigating kinship and adoptive life.

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LATEST POSTS FROM The Navigator

The Importance of Caregiver Self-Care

New kinship and adoptive families typically experience major changes in their daily lives and routines. Self-care is essential to establishing stability for the child or children in your care.   At the base level, self-care is “the act of…

Raising a Child with a Disability

Whether you are providing kinship care short- or long-term or have adopted, bringing a child into your home is a beautiful challenge. There may be parts of your experience that…

Parenting Traumatized Children During a Pandemic

Being a caretaker of a child who has experienced traumatic events is challenging. In the best situations, you’ve gathered a support team and resources that might include school personnel, mental…

The Benefits of Reading to Children of All Ages

“Just one more story!” It’s a common bedtime refrain for many households with young children, but the benefits are much greater and last far longer into childhood than most parents…

Building a Resilient Family

The pandemic has impacted us in ways we could never have predicted, with the entire globe experiencing dramatic short- and long-term changes in our physical and social environments, illness and…

Managing Feelings Through Creative Expression

*Names have been changed to protect privacy Noah*, age 5, was having a difficult time adjusting to his new family dynamic. Before his mother met his new stepfather, Noah lived…