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.



Bridging the Age Gap Between Kinship Caregivers and Children

My mother was 39 and my father was 37 when I was born. There were times when this age difference was challenging for me as a child. The almost 40-year…

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Road Trip of an Adoptive Mom

In 2008, our family adopted our youngest son from the foster care system. Prior to adoption, my husband and I dove in headfirst, educating ourselves on what to expect, researching,…

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Supporting Children During an Ongoing 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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