IKP advocates for meeting the needs of abused and neglected kids and prioritizing their rights within the Hamilton County Ohio Child Welfare System.
A transformed child welfare system where a child’s right to a safe, ongoing relationship with a nurturing and responsive caregiver drives all case-related decisions.
WHO WE ARE
We are former caseworkers and Guardians Ad Litem (GALs). We are foster and adoptive parents. We’ve witnessed the good. The bad. The ugly.
We see possibility. We have hope.
We know we can make this system better. With your help, we will.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
- We believe healthy, loving relationships are a basic need. Children heal, learn, grow and thrive in relationships which offer stability, comfort and protection. Kids have a right to continue these relationships without disruption. Supportive relationships are equally essential to the growth and well-being of every person and every community.
- We believe the current child welfare system does not adequately meet the needs or secure the rights of abused and neglected children. This is no one’s fault. Improving it is everyone’s responsibility.
- We believe positive systemic change is possible.
- We believe every child has unique gifts to bring to the world. We have a collective responsibility to nurture those gifts into full potential, not only for his or her benefit, but for ours.
- We believe collaboration does not diminish but makes us stronger, wiser and more effective. We welcome opportunities to learn and grow with others.
- We believe empathy, hope and humor are powerful allies. They also make life much more pleasant.
- We believe we must be good stewards of all that is entrusted to us. We have an obligation to our donors of time, talent and treasure. Their gifts are appreciated and maximized to achieve our mission.
OUR FOUNDING TEAM
“To be rooted is perhaps the most important and least recognized need of the human soul.”
“Today, many will break through the barriers of the past by looking at the blessing of the present. Why not you?”
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
—Dr. Suess, ‘The Lorax’
Jenny Adamson, MA. PCC-S
Members At Large
Kelly Gries, Foster and adoptive parent, long-time CASA volunteer and GAL
Mayo Woody, Executive Director of Projecting Hope, Inc., foster and adoptive parent