State Leaders Announce Innovative Family Finding Efforts for Kids in Foster Care

Just days ago, Lt. Governor Husted and ODJFS Director Damschroder announced in a press conference that Ohio is the first state to implement two technology tools from Connect Our Kids to help children services connect foster youth with their forever families. They were joined by partners from InnovateOhio, Kinnect, the Dave Thomas Foundation, and Ohio CASA. The tools announced were:


The Family Connections tool: a digital diagram that illustrates an individual’s family members. Professionals can use the desktop or mobile app versions to build family trees, find family contact information and engage family and supporters of children in foster care.


The People Search tool: utilizes public information from over 300 sources and covers over 3 billion people to exponentially expand the pool of potential kinship caregivers, far beyond just those in current contact with the child’s parents.


The tools will help children services professionals connect Ohio's 3,100 foster youth with their forever families. You can watch the press conference in its entirety here.