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The house that love built.

Love is a child playing with a parent. Love is a quiet conversation about school. Love is holding the hand of a son or daughter just to remind them that everything’s going to be OK.

It’s these little moments that Kinship House was built for. 

Established in 2000, Kinship House, Inc. is a non-profit agency that provides children and their families a safe, home-like environment for supervised visitation and exchanges.


Started by Sandusky’s Grace Church to serve children affected by family conflict, Kinship House soon grew to involve many faith-based institutions and volunteers. Today Kinship House provides our program to Erie County residents and families outside the county. 


Kinship House offers safe, homelike supervised visits and exchanges with our focus on keeping children emotionally and physically safe.

Welcome to our house!


Located in Osborn Park, part of the Erie MetroParks, our house provides a warm, comfortable, home-like setting for families to reconnect.

Meet our directors.

Say hello to Tara and Simon, our two full-time staff members. All activities involving Kinship House are coordinated by these two very talented and committed people. And as anyone can tell you, they put their heart into their work every single day. 

Tara Ohlemacher

Executive Director

Simon Mercurio 

Assistant Director


We are connected with the Supervised Visitation Network.

​SVN is an international non-profit membership organization consisting of a network of agencies and individuals committed to ensuring that children can have safe, conflict-free access to parents. Like our sister agencies, Kinship House is committed to connecting parents and their children when there is family conflict, or it is deemed that a parent’s access to a child should be supervised. 

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