COLUMBUS - State Representatives Brian Baldridge (R-Winchester) and Janine Boyd (D-Cleveland Heights) today introduced House Bill 14, the Kinship Navigator Program. This legislation will help kinship caregivers locate support services that are available to them.
“By establishing the Statewide Navigator Program, streamlining the caregiver system, and providing flexibility for agencies to adapt to this crisis, we are allowing Ohio Families to take care of children in need,” said Baldridge. “With my personal experience through this system, it’s an honor to work alongside Representative Boyd to help Ohio’s most vulnerable children.”
The Kinship Navigator Program will provide information and referral services to our state’s kinship caregivers.
“As a state, it is our responsibility to step up and support the family members who have themselves stepped up to assist and care for children in crisis,” said Boyd. “Kinship caregivers are our modern day heroes, they deserve as much support as we can provide as a body of policymakers. Our investment in kinship care is part of restoring our promise to families because it supports family stability, healthy child development, and stronger communities. In terms of dollars and cents, kinship care saves the state hundreds of thousands of dollars, but for the children who are placed with family members, the benefit is immeasurable.”
HB 14 will now be assigned to a committee and will await its first hearing.