WELCOME TO OHIOKAN

Region 5

Please learn about our region, our partners and services, and all of the resources we have available for you.

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We proudly serve kinship and adoption families throughout the state. Our OhioKAN Region 5 team specifically serves families in our area and is dedicated to making sure you get the resources you deserve.

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COUNTIES SERVED

Ashland


Crawford


Delaware


Holmes


Knox


Marion


Morrow


Richland


Union


Wayne


Wyandot


REGION 5 STAFF

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Sandy Honigford

DIRECTOR

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Sandy Honigford

Director, Region 5

Sandy joins Kinnect with 26 years of experience in child welfare. Most recently, she was Assistant Director of Delaware County Job and Family Services, and previously held the role of Co-Director of Van Wert County Job and Family Services. Sandy was appointed to the Central Ohio Children Trust Fund Board. She has served on the Westwood Mental Health and Life Links Charter School boards, where she had tenures as President and Vice President, and the NorthWest Ohio Community Action Board (NOCCA). Sandy has also served Van Wert County as the FCF Coordinator and the Vice President of its board. Sandy is a licensed social worker with a bachelor’s in Human Services Administration from Indiana Institute of Technology and a Master of Social Work from the Ohio State University. She is ecstatic to serve Kinnect as the Director of Regions 5!

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Erin Thompson

COORDINATOR

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Erin Thompson

Coordinator, Region 5

Right before joining Kinnect, Erin worked at the University of Findlay as the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of University Advancement. There she did a bit of everything, including managing multiple calendars, meeting with donors, and planning over 15 university events each year, She has also operated her own business, Errands by Erin, and worked as an executive assistant in the music industry in Nashville, TN. While in Nashville, she volunteered as a wish granter for the Make-a-Wish Middle Tennessee. Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis on print journalism and public relations from Wright State University. She is extremely excited to play a part in helping to change the lives of so many children!

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Chad Weidlebacher

COACH

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Coach, Region 5

Prior to joining Kinnect, Chad was a Clinical Supervisor with Youth Villages. In this role, he was responsible for leading a team of five family intervention specialists, holding weekly development meetings, reviewing and providing feedback for treatment plans, conducting leadership field visits, and ensuring documentation accuracy. Chad has a proven track record of successful collaboration across multiple systems and service providers, seamlessly integrating complex service delivery. He holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. Chad is thrilled to join the OhioKAN program as the Coach in Region 5!

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Shirley Seward

Navigator

Family Promise

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Shirley Seward

Navigator, Family Promise (Region 5)

Shirley Seward is very happy to be working as a Navigator with the great Region 5 team. She received her BA degree in sociology from Tufts University with her sights set on being a social worker. She worked for Lucent/AT&T as a technical writer and trainer, and enjoys motivating and helping people as a group fitness Instructor. Shirley feels her real-life family experiences combined with her strong listening and helping skills make her well equipped to assist Ohiokan’s families in need. She has volunteered for Lifecare Alliance, Voicecorps reading service, St. John AME church, and has been President of the high school PTO. Shirley looks forward to her job as Navigator, connecting kinship and adoptive families to available resources and services.

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Tera Martin

Navigator

Pathway Caring For Children

Tera Martin

Navigator, Pathway Caring for Children (Region 5)

Tera comes to OhioKAN with experience in case management, community outreach, and conflict resolution. SHe previously worked at The Village Network as a Behavioral Specialist in the Stabilization Unit, and at One-Eighty in Wooster, OH as a Case Manager. She is a certified Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant (CDCA I), and is certified in Crisis Prevention Intervention. Tera is also the co-owner, coach, and choreographer at Cheer for Life Gym. She has volunteered as a softball and basketball coach for the Special Olympics, and every year Cheer for Life Gym makes blankets for cancer patients at Akron Children’s Hospital. Tera is excited to join OhioKAN to combine her experience and passion!

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REGIONAL SITE PARTNERS

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Serving all families

We are 100% committed to making sure every kinship and adoption family in Ohio who is looking for support will get it. No matter who you are or what your circumstances may be — contact us because we are here for you!