About Us

Committed to Making a Difference

Kinship House provides children and their families a safe, child friendly, home-like environment for supervised visitation and exchanges.  We serve as a neutral Supervised Parenting Center focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Our professionals offer support, guidance and assistance to families facing crisis including divorce, abuse, domestic violence, neglect, and separation or child custody issues.


The Kinship House

Kinship House, Inc. is a non-profit (501(c)(3)) agency established in 2000 to assist families in crisis. Started by Sandusky's Grace Church as their project to serve the area children affected by family conflict, it soon grew to involve other churches and then outside volunteers. Today Kinship House provides programs serving the greater Erie County, Ohio area.  Kinship House provides services to families from outside the county upon request.  Kinship House is operated by an active volunteer Board of Directors, and employs an Executive Director, Assistant Director and six trained monitors who work on a regular schedule. Most of the clients using this service are through court orders.  There are some self-referrals. Kinship House sees on average 200 families a month. The need is growing.


Kinship House employs two full time professional staff members that are responsible for the day to day operation of Kinship House.  All activities involving Kinship House including client scheduling and follow-up, hiring and training client monitors, as well as working with volunteers for routine house care are coordinated by them.

Executive Director

Tara Ohlemacher


Assistant Director

Justin Zelm

Kinship House extends their sincere THANK YOU to the churches, foundations, agencies, companies and
individuals whose generous and on-going support make our services possible.

Grace Episcopal Church, Sandusky

Our Founder and On-Going Supporter

Sam S. and Rose Stein Foundation

Continuous Endowment 

Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation 

The Mylander


Randall A. Ruthsatz

& Co. Inc. CPA

Kretz Family Foundation

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