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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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Adoption and Its Effects on Birth Parents

In adoption, the separation of the biological parent from their child raises concerns about the impact of adoption and its effect on the birth parent.  Adoption is a process whereby…

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Trauma Informed Care for Grandparents with Little Ones

All families, and all people, experience trauma differently. Some factors such as a child’s age or the family’s culture may influence how the family copes and recovers from a traumatic…

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The Journey Is Only Beginning

I have spent the past twenty-five years providing social services for children afflicted with trauma.  I began my career working with children who lived in a domestic violence shelter.  I…

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Mind-Lists Vs. Mindful

Please close your eyes and focus on one sound you hear.  Open your eyes and look around the room and focus on one item. What color is that item? Think…

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What Celebrating the Holidays Looks Like for Kinship Families

When you sit and think about your favorite childhood memories, what comes to mind? For me, it’s the holiday season. It starts with Halloween, goes right into Thanksgiving and Christmas…

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Exercise Helps Heal the Mind and Body

As I get older, I have noticed the absolute need for self-care. I try to make it to the gym at least 4 times a week and, during the pandemic,…

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