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.



Children Need Supportive Adults

Family matters to children. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation article, Exiting Without Family, 12% of the 238,230 youth who transitioned out of foster care in 2014 did so…

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Homelessness and Kinship Care

When we think of homelessness, we typically think of adult men and women we’ve seen on the streets in metropolitan areas.  We don’t usually envision families with children who have…

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Being Mindful to Breath Reduces Stress

Stress. Who doesn’t experience it?  All of us do at one point in our lives – or we carry it all the time in our daily routines. Being a kinship…

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Navigating the Tumultuous World of Social Media

People love to talk about themselves! People love to connect! Now is certainly the time for that in this technology-driven society. Whether reaping the benefits of telehealth, being able to…

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A Community Comes Together to Support a Family

An aunt and uncle have legal custody of their 4-year-old niece, who had been the victim of shaken baby syndrome at 4 months of age. As a result, she has…

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Interview with Veronica Burroughs

For OhioKAN’s second anniversary, we interviewed Veronica Burroughs, OhioKAN’s Project Manager from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Veronica has been with the program since its origin. We…

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