- Franklin County will adopt innovative child welfare program
- Partnership with Franklin County Children Services and grant from Molina Healthcare of Ohio, is another step toward permanency for children in foster care
CLEVELAND, November 18, 2020 – The 30 Days to Family® program operated by Cleveland-based nonprofit Kinnect that aims to place foster children in permanent homes with relatives, will expand to Franklin County in Central Ohio, thanks to a generous grant from Molina Healthcare of Ohio.
In partnership with Franklin County Children Services (FCCS), the program expansion makes serving significantly more children and families possible, according to Kinnect’s Program Director Stephanie Beleal.
“The families and children of Franklin County will be well-served by this innovative program, and we at Kinnect are delighted to have the opportunity to help them,” she said.
Chip Spinning, Executive Director, Franklin County Children Services, remarked, “We are grateful for this partnership with Kinnect’s 30 Days to Family® Ohio. We recognize the importance for children to be connected with their kin. With this support, FCCS will be able to enhance its abilities to engage and to facilitate strong and sustainable kinship connections. This partnership will further strengthen our opportunities for promoting a sense of familiarity, culture and community for the families and children we serve.”
This grant was made possible in part by Governor DeWine’s plans to return workers’ compensation payments to many Ohio companies earlier this year. Molina Healthcare issued the grant support those in need.
“Paying these funds forward to bolster the incredible work at Kinnect is part of Molina Healthcare’s commitment of building communities and supporting families across the state,” said Ami Cole, plan president of Molina Healthcare of Ohio. “Molina is dedicated to the success of Ohio’s children, and we are privileged to support the 30 Days to Family® program that is making a positive impact to the lives of foster children in our state by its work to keep families together.”
Grants like these have been particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating the opportunity for continued and expanded services during a significant time of need for so many families. “I am so grateful that Molina Healthcare of Ohio is supporting our efforts to keep Ohio’s foster care children connected to their culture, their community, and their family,” said Shannon Deinhart, executive director and co-founder of Kinnect.
“This financial gift, along with our new partnership with FCCS, will help us expand our efforts to an even larger geography in Ohio. Our work, like many others, has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and this donation will help us continue to place children in loving, supportive environments,” she said.
About Molina Healthcare of Ohio
Since 2005, Molina Healthcare of Ohio has been providing government-funded, quality health care to low-income individuals. As of March 31, 2020, the Company serves approximately 300,000 members through Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare-Medicaid (Duals), and Health Insurance Exchange programs across the state. To learn more, visit MolinaHealthcare.com.
About Franklin County Children Services
Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) provides protection, care and permanency for children who are abused, neglected or dependent. In partnership with more than 100 agencies and organizations, and with the help of over 850 employees, 500 kinship families, 200 adoptive families, 500 volunteers and mentors and hundreds of community foster parents, FCCS is committed to making sure that every child has a safe and stable home.
About 30 Days to Family®
30 Days to Family® Ohio is a specialized short-term intervention developed by the Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition. 30 Days to Family® Ohio utilizes the strategies of diligent searching and relentless engagement to identify potential connections, supports, and kinship placement options for children entering into foster care. 30 Days to Family® Ohio believes all children have caring and capable extended families that are willing to help raise their kin. With the right tools and engagement, families can be united together to support one another through kinship care.
30 Days to Family® Ohio counties include: Allen, Clark, Cuyahoga, Fairfield, Hamilton, Hancock, Highland, Lorain, Lucas, Marion, Montgomery, Sandusky, Stark, Summit, Williams, and Wood.
Kinnect is a non-profit dedicated to helping place children in foster care with permanent families. All of Kinnect’s organizational and programmatic decisions are made based on the belief that all children can and deserve to achieve permanency. To learn more, visit kinnectohio.org
30 Days to Family® Ohio is made by possible by partnership among Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition, Kaye Implementation & Evaluation, LLC, KeyBank Foundation, Mt. Sinai Healthcare Foundation, and The NORD Family Foundation.