24-Hour Child Abuse and Neglect
(330) 434-KIDS (5437)

Summit County
Children Services

264 S. Arlington St.
Akron, OH 44306
Phone: 330.379.9094
Fax: 330.379.1901
Hearing Impaired: ORS 7-1-1

Kinship Care Permanency Incentive

The Kinship Permanency Incentive (KPI) Program was created to support children in the homes of family or friends who have committed to caring for them when birth parents cannot.  KPI provides time-limited incentive payments to children in the legal custody of kin.  KPI payments are in addition to Ohio Works First cash assistance received for the child.
Eligibility requirements for Ohio’s Kinship Permanency Incentive Program include:

  • The court must have awarded legal custody or guardianship of the child on or after July 1, 2005 to the kinship caregiver, based on the best interest of the child.
  • The public children services agency must have completed the Relative or Non-Relative Substitute Placement Approval Process, inclusive of the criminal background check, as well as the completion of an application.
  • The gross income of the caregiver’s family, including the child, may not exceed 300 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

For more information on the KPI program or to request an application, please call (330) 996-1799 option 2 or email Julie Kirven.