Ohio Providing Help for Grandparents Raising Kids

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP):There is extra help available for Ohio grandparents and great-grandparents who find themselves caring for another generation of children.

The Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News reports that the state's Kinship Permanency Incentive program began in 2006.
Ohio Job and Family Services spokesman Benjamin Johnson says it provides $3.5 million-$4 million each year to some 7,000 children to help with the costs of caring for them.

Kinship care is when a relative or other adult has taken over full-time care of a child whose parents are unable or unwilling.
Kinship Care Ohio says there are some 86,000 grandparents acting as primary caregivers for children in Ohio.

There are support groups and other resources also available.