Welcome to Lucas County Children Services
As LCCS continues to move forward in its operational recovery from the pandemic, we are following protocols established by Lucas County government and the Centers for Disease Control.
As of Wednesday, September 1, 2021:
- Face coverings are required for all LCCS employees and visitors.
- Face masks must continue to be worn in the Family Visits Centers at 705 Adams and at the Mott building.
- Certain meetings, such as family case conferences, change of placement meetings, etc. will remain “virtual” until further notice.
- The LCCS lobby will remain closed until further notice.
- Employees and visitors should continue to self-assess their health and/or risk, and follow the guidelines identified by the CDC.
Thank you for your continued cooperation.
Kinship Support Program (KSP)
On December 29, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed an Executive Order, establishing a Kinship Support Program to assist kinship caregivers of children in Ohio’s child welfare system.
The Governor’s order directs the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to pay all eligible kinship caregivers (related and unrelated) a daily stipend for each child in the custody of Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) that is placed in their home as kin. These KSP payments will continue for not more than nine months while caregivers work with LCCS to become licensed as a foster parent. ODJFS may waive certain non-safety-related foster care licensing requirements to help you become licensed. Once licensed, caregivers will receive foster care payments to care for the child as long as he/she remains in the home.
There is no application process to receive KSP payments. To be eligible, the child must be in the temporary, permanent, or legal custody of a public children services agency (PCSA) like LCCS, and be placed in your home by the PCSA as a kinship placement. Currently licensed foster caregivers are not eligible for this program.
KSP payments will be distributed according to these timeframes:
- For children placed in your home on or before December 29, 2020, caregivers will receive KSP payments for not more than nine months starting December 29, 2020.
- For children placed in your home any day between December 29, 2020 and September 29, 2021, caregivers will receive KSP payments for not more than nine months from the date the child was placed in your home.
- For children placed in your home on or after September 30, 2021, caregivers will receive KSP payments for not more than six months from the date the child was placed in your home.
Caregivers will receive KSP payments until they become a licensed foster caregiver for the children in their care, until the child is no longer placed in your home as a kinship placement, or the timeframe described above has ended, whichever occurs first.
The first payments, in the amount of $10.20 per day, per kinship child placed in your home, are scheduled to begin no later than April 2021, and will be retroactive to December 29, 2020 or the date of placement, whichever is more recent.
Kinship Support Program Benefits:
- Available to biological relatives and non-related (fictive kin) who are identified by a child’s family.
- Families will be provided the opportunity to obtain a foster care license through the State of Ohio to care for kinship children in need of placement.
- Free training and education will be offered prior to licensing and throughout the placement experience.
- Licensed kinship caregivers will receive a monthly stipend to offset the cost of caring for their kinship children.
- Each caregiver home will be linked with a caseworker, in addition to the family’s caseworker, once they become licensed.
- Families can be linked to community-based services for the children placed in their homes.
- Working caregivers may be eligible for day care services.
- Entitlement services can link kinship children to medical insurance coverage.
Find more information on becoming a foster parent, visit Resources for Becoming a Foster Parent.
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Module I of Preservice training provides an overview of the child welfare system and examines the differences between foster care, adoption, and kinship care. Participants receive information about the needs of waiting children as well as the process of becoming a foster or kinship caregiver or adoptive parent.
Module II of Preservice training discusses the history and goals of foster care, kinship care, and adoption and examines the role of foster and kinship caregivers and adoptive parents within the system. Emphasis is placed on the primary care team: the child, the foster or kinship caregiver or adoptive parent, the primary parent, and the agency caseworker. Participants become aware of strategies to use teams effectively to serve children and families.
Module III of Preservice training introduces the core concepts of early childhood development. Participants receive an overview of brain development and gain an awareness of the importance of attachment, self-regulation, and initiative to child development. Factors that enhance development are also addressed.
Module IV of Preservice training helps participants understand how childhood trauma can affect development, including brain development, as well as emotions and behavior.
Examines the characteristics, symptoms and reporting standards for child abuse and neglect. Caution: contains graphic images
Module VI of Preservice training addresses strategies caregivers and adoptive parents can use to help the child feel safe and accepted in their home and community. The importance of gathering background information and maintaining connections is stressed.
Addresses strategies families can use to help the child feel safe and accepted in their home and community. The importance of gathering background information and maintaining connections is stressed.
Module VIII of Preservice training introduces foster and kinship caregivers and adoptive parents to strategies they can use to assist children in learning to manage their emotions and control their behaviors.
Module IX of Preservice training presents a rationale for involvement of foster and kinship caregivers and adoptive parents in promoting connections to primary family members, particularly primary parents and siblings. The training encourages a non-judgmental approach to the caregiver’s or parent’s work with primary families to promote reunification.
Module X of Preservice training examines the impact of foster care, kinship care, and adoption on individual members of the caregiving family as well as the impact on their relationships with one another. Participants are introduced to effective coping strategies to prevent against burnout and secondary traumatic stress. Communicable diseases and medication management are also addressed.
Module XI of Preservice discusses adoption dynamics impacting families and adopted children. Participants will explore adoption from a developmental perspective as well as consider issues such as maintaining connections “openness” and sharing adoption-related information with the child. Post adoption services including subsidy are also discussed in this module.
Participants are recommended to complete the Red Cross online training Adult, Child and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED to address the topic: A first aid and a child and adult CPR training program such as those training programs offered by the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or the equivalent.