Ohio's Kinship Supports Intervention/ProtectOHIO

Kinship Navigator Does Not Currently Meet Criteria

Ohio’s Kinship Supports Intervention is designed to promote and support kinship placements. The goal of Ohio’s Kinship Supports Intervention is to meet children’s physical, emotional, financial, and basic needs by connecting kinship caregivers with federal, state, and local resources. A key component is the kinship caregiver support plan. This plan focuses on case management activities and may address topics such as financial assistance, referral services, and training for kinship caregivers. This plan is intended to be individualized, incorporate information from tools such as the home assessment (completed no later than 30 days following child placement) and needs assessment (updated every 90 days), and be reviewed and updated regularly. Monthly home visit services are also offered. These face-to-face interactions are an opportunity to establish trust between the kinship caregiver and coordinator. They are designed to promote more effective communication, education, assessment, planning and support for the family. Kinship coordinators must complete self-directed training through the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program. They are also expected to have a knowledge of child welfare practices and experience working with children/family in child welfare system. Ohio’s Kinship Supports Intervention was part of Ohio’s IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project, termed ProtectOHIO. Families that participated in Ohio’s Kinship Supports Intervention may have received additional services through ProtectOHIO such as Family Team Meetings, visitation, enhanced mental health/substance abuse services, or managed care.

Ohio's Kinship Supports Intervention/ProtectOHIO does not currently meet criteria to receive a rating because no studies of the program achieved a rating of moderate or high on design and execution.

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed: Mar 2020


The program or service description, target population, and program or service delivery and implementation information was informed by the following sources: The California Evidence-based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, the program or service developer’s website, the program or service manual, and the studies reviewed.


Program/Service Description Updated: Week of August 24, 2020

This information does not necessarily represent the views of the program or service developers. For more information on how this program or service was reviewed, visit the Review Process page or download the Handbook.

Target Population

This program targets kinship caregivers (relatives and fictive kin) of children involved in the child welfare system, regardless of custody status or supervision orders. Kinship caregivers may be relatives through blood, marriage, or adoption. Kinship caregivers may also be fictive kin, which includes non-relative adults with whom the family or child identifies as having a long-standing relationship.


Home assessments are typically 30 minutes in length and occur no later than 30 days after a child’s placement with the kinship caregiver. A 15 minute needs assessment is conducted every 90 days. Monthly home visit services are offered.

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

Ohio’s Kinship Supports Intervention/ProtectOHIO is usually offered in homes and child welfare agencies.

Education, Certifications and Training

All kinship coordinators must complete self-directed training through the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program. This program involves seven modules: 1) Overview of ProtectOHIO, 2) Kinship Intervention Overview, 3) Enhancing the Kinship Support Intervention, 4) Kinship Caregiver Home Assessment, 5) Needs Assessment, 6) Home Visits and Support Services, and 7) Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System. Kinship coordinators are expected to have a knowledge of child welfare practices and experience working with children/family in child welfare system. No additional education is required.

Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review

ProtectOHIO. (2011). Practice manual for ProtectOHIO kinship supports intervention.

Available languages

Materials for this program are available in English.

Contact Information for Developers

Website: jfs.ohio.gov/ocf/index.stm

Results of Search and Review Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Ohio's Kinship Supports Intervention/ProtectOHIO
Identified in Search 1
Eligible for Review 1
Rated High 0
Rated Moderate 0
Rated Low 1
Reviewed Only for Risk of Harm 0
Sometimes study results are reported in more than one document, or a single document reports results from multiple studies. Studies are identified below by their Prevention Services Clearinghouse study identification numbers.

Studies Rated Low

Study 10563

Wheeler, C., & Vollet, J. W. (2017). Supporting kinship caregivers: Examining the impact of a Title IV-E waiver kinship supports intervention. Child Welfare, 95(4), 91-110.

Wheeler, C. B., Newton-Curtis, L., Schisler, A., Vollet, J., Mettenberg, J., Woodruff, K. D., Das, B. … Zhou, X. (2015). ProtectOHIO Final Evaluation Report: Ohio’s Title IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project. Columbus, OH: The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

This study received a low rating because baseline equivalence of the intervention and comparison groups was necessary and not demonstrated.