Kinnect to Family

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Kinnect to Family is a specialized, intense, family search and engagement program. We use diligent search strategies to identify a vast array of connections for children and families encountering child welfare. We empower kinship caregivers and wrap them in stabilizing supports using relentless effort, focus, and determination.

As with all Kinnect programs, we embrace family to be defined as biological, adoptive, foster, and all other kin and persons who have meaningful relationships with the child and the family of origin; such as neighbors, coaches, and life-long friends.

We believe all children have caring and capable extended families that are willing to help raise their kin when needed. With the right tools and engagement, families can be united together to support one another through kinship care.

More Information About Our Program Expansion

The 30 Days to Family® Ohio Program is transforming to “Kinnect to Family.” The enhanced model reflects the expanded services and innovations that our program offers families. We want everyone to experience the power of kinship care; our expanded approach opens our services to more families and communities than ever before. Our operating principles and supporting values are not changing with this transformation. Over time in Ohio, we have made significant enhancements based on feedback from our partners like YOU and the families we serve. These enhancements are bringing successful outcomes to families before and beyond 30 days!

Every child has family. Finding them changes everything.


The 30 Days to Family® model has been applied with success for children and families, and now thanks to innovative enhancements is branching out to a broader program outside of the model's narrow eligibility. "Kinnect to Family" represents values and strategies enabling PCSAs to expand their family search and engagement practices to take full advantage of Kinnect's specialists and the best practices they offer. This enables them to serve more children.


Expanded eligibility is a significant adaption to our model. Because of this change, we are branching out from 30 Days to become Kinnect to Family. Our approach to innovation and our enhancements with Ohio's implementation have taken this model to a new, exciting evolution. Every family and child involved with Ohio's child welfare system can receive our services regardless of their status or case timeline. It is never too early or too late for diligent searching and relentless engagement of kin to identify potential connections, supports, and kinship placements.


  • Specialists have been able to serve families prior to custody removal to prevent children from entering foster care when there are safe kin willing to support them
  • Specialists have been able to serve families who were unable to receive intense family search & engagement services prior to their initial court hearing
  • Specialists have been able to serve children in permanent custody which has led to significant results such as finalized adoptions

What is Different?

Who we can serve? Every child

When we can serve? Any time

What's next? Additional application:

  • OhioSTART partnership in prevention
  • Residential facilities in supporting children discharge to permanency with kin faster
  • And much more

What is the Same?

Foundational values
Prioritization of family and kin
Dedication to permanency
Strong evaluation and fidelity
Positioning Kinnect to Family within county work to embed best practices and promote proven culture shift

For Children and Families...

all have access to the intense family search and engagement services they need and deserve.

For Counties...

more families can be served faster with the expanded eligibility pathways that meet their unique community needs and result in better outcomes not only for their families, but also their case carrying staff.

For the State...

this enhanced model demonstrates to the broader community that the State of Ohio supports innovative program offerings that best serve families while also ensuring federal mandates are met.

Click below to download the full PDF detailing this transformation.

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Practice Profile Document

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Program Brochure

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