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Serving Kinship and Adoptive Families Statewide

OhioKAN is a flexible and responsive kinship and adoption navigator program designed to support children, youth and their families. Building on the premise that families are inherently capable of finding solutions to the circumstances and challenges they face, the OhioKAN program will take an inclusive, engaging, and genuine approach to strengthening families and their networks.

Learn more by visiting the OhioKAN webpage

Background: In 2019, Kinnect convened stakeholders from throughout Ohio to design a statewide kinship and adoption navigator program to meet the needs of kinship and adoptive caregivers. Kinnect utilized the Implementation Science Approach to develop the framework for the Ohio Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program (OhioKAN). During Assessment, Kinnect reviewed research on ten national and statewide Kinship and Adoption Navigator programs, surveyed caregivers and professionals in Ohio, and reviewed data about Ohio’s needs and available resources. During Teaming, Kinnect convened stakeholders to develop a program recommendation and presented the initial design in town hall meetings throughout the state. During Design, Kinnect considered stakeholder recommendations with requirements defined in Ohio Revised Code for the navigator program, and Family First Act requirements.

Kinnect began the first phase of Implementation and Evaluation in October 2019, and OhioKAN launched in 2020.