OhioKAN Program Background

From March to September 2019, Kinnect convened stakeholders from throughout Ohio to design a statewide kinship and adoption navigator program. The team researched national models, analyzed Ohio’s past successes and failures, and partnered with Ohio Department of Job & Family Services to create a model that will meet the needs of Ohio’s diverse kinship and adoptive caregivers. Kinnect began the first phase of implementation and evaluation in October 2019.

Kinnect utilized an 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, conducted a survey of caregivers and professionals in Ohio, and reviewed multiple data sources about Ohio’s needs and available resources. During Teaming, Kinnect convened almost 90 Stakeholders to develop a program recommendation for ODJFS, and presented the initial design in community town hall meetings throughout the state. During Design, Kinnect considered stakeholder recommendations with requirements defined in Ohio Revised Code for the navigator program, and FFPSA requirements.

Kinnect submitted their final program recommendation to ODJFS on September 30, 2019 and is currently working with ODJFS and other partners to implement the full framework throughout Ohio.

The OhioKAN Executive Summary can be found here: OhioKAN Executive Summary

Free free to reach out with questions about this plan via ohiokan@kinnectohio.org.

OhioKAN Stakeholder Working Group

Kinnect was committed to designing a federally-approved program that is eligible for funding through the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA). The following documents outline FFPSA and the federal requirements for Title IV-E Kinship Navigator Programs to receive funding at 50% Federal Financial Participation (FFP). We encourage you to browse this section to stay up-to-date on federal requirements for Title IV-E funding and Kinnect’s research on national kinship and adoption programs.

Please browse the following documents (by clicking on the document name) to stay up-to-date on the research conducted by Kinnect on local and national kinship navigation and post-adoption service program models.

Research Synthesis

Kinship Navigator Programs

New Jersey (Kinship Cares)
Ohio (Enhanced)
Ohio (KSI)

Post-Adoption Programs

New York
Pennsylvania (SWAN)
Wisconsin (PARC)


Combined Programs

Tennessee (ASAP/GSAP)

Questions on our research? Please contact Roxana Bell, OhioKAN Program Manager: Roxana@KinnectOhio.org

Kinnect worked to identify a diverse group of stakeholders throughout the state to participate in the development of Ohio’s Kinship and Adoption Navigator Program. This Stakeholder Workgroup met once a month throughout the development process to discuss research findings and collaboratively design OhioKAN:

OhioKAN Stakeholder List


May 29, 2019 from 10:00am – 3:00pm*

Meeting Minutes
Subcommittee Minutes – How
Subcommittee Minutes – Who
Subcommittee Minutes – What
PowerPoint Presentation

June 17, 2019 from 10:00am – 3:00pm*

Meeting Minutes
Resource Breakout Minutes
Service Breakout Minutes


July 22, 2019 from 10:00am – 3:00pm*

Meeting Minutes

All meetings were centrally located in Downtown Columbus at the Family and Youth Law Center at Capital University Law School.

Family and Youth Law Center
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Questions? Please contact Roxana Bell, OhioKAN Program Manager: Roxana@KinnectOhio.org