Teenager Comes ‘Home’ Just In Time For Christmas

In December 2020, the OhioKAN team from the Dayton area was contacted by a 30 Days to Family® Ohio staff member about a family who was exiting their program. OhioKAN was able to connect with this mother of 5 who is currently caring for her niece. The mother had recently agreed to extend her family again to include her son’s best friend from school.

This young man was in his late teens and had spent a significant time in foster care prior to coming into this placement. After contacting the OhioKAN Program and speaking to the Regional Coach, the kinship caregiver relayed needing support in getting a bed for this young person through a local furniture bank.

As Christmas approached, the young person needed to be moved into the new home much faster than anticipated due to a medical emergency with his previous foster family. The OhioKAN staff and the kinship caregiver worked together to support the family to get household items to prepare for the young person’s arrival.

In addition to the items for the young person, the OhioKAN Program was also able to supply the other children in the home with backpacks as this was another need determined in conversation with the staff. OhioKAN is honored to work directly with kinship caregivers to support them in finding solutions to the complex issues they face as they provide care for young people in their home!



OhioKAN is a new statewide flexible and responsive kinship and adoption navigator program designed to assist children, caregivers, families. OhioKAN is designed to help kinship and adoptive families navigate and connect with all of the resources available to them, both locally and statewide. Call 1-844-OhioKAN or visit https://ohiokan.jfs.ohio.gov/ to learn more.


30 Days to Family® Ohio is a short-term intervention that utilizes the strategies of diligent searching and relentless engagement to identify potential connections. To learn more, please visit https://kinnectohio.org/what-we-do/30days/