Cuyahoga County

Kinship Care Release

July 30, 2013

CLEVELAND - Grandparents or other relatives who are rearing children in what are known as “kinship care” arrangements must file appropriate legal documents in order to make critical medical and educational decisions for the youngsters under their care.

The Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Council of Neighborhood Leaders are teaming up to help kinship care-givers get those legal authorizations.

The consortium is holding two free workshops to educate grandparents and other caregivers about their legal options and to give them hands-on assistance filling out the needed court documents:

The first will be held this Saturday, August 3, at the Murtis Taylor Multi-Service Center, 13422 Kinsman Road, in Cleveland. Assistance will be available from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The second workshop will be held Saturday, August 10, at the Parma Collaborative-Hanna  Elementary School, 11212 Snow Road, in Parma. It also will start at 10 a.m. and run until 4 p.m.

Relatives who intend to apply for power of attorney, custody or guardianship of minor children should bring their own photo identification plus documents -- such as a birth certificate, an immunization card, a Social Security number or a medical card – that can prove the children’s legal name and date of birth.

Fairhill Partners estimates that more than 12,000 grandparents in Cuyahoga County are raising grandchildren.

To register for the free workshops, please email

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communication and Public Policy or Maria (Pinzone) Russo, Public Information Officer, Phone: (216) 698-2819   

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