Left to Right: John Altman, Linda Goodrum, Greg Goodrum, David Phillips

Greg Goodrum noted, “We wanted to share our story, to raise awareness of the system lapses and oversights. Hopefully, this doesn’t happen again to someone else”.

Legal Aid’s Kinship Care program provides integrated legal services for kinship caregivers, often grandparents or other relatives. We help them obtain custody or guardianship and ensure they receive appropriate benefits to help them support children added to their household.

One recent client story shows how our Kinship Care team made a difference for a Cincinnati couple.

Greg and Linda Goodrum received temporary custody of Shawn, their grandson when he was just two months old. Twelve years later, after the Goodrums were notified that the benefits for Shawn would be cancelled, Greg contacted Legal Aid and a Legal Aid advocate, David Phillips, realizing it was an error, got it corrected quickly.

Our Kinship Care team suggested to the Goodrums that they obtain a final order of custody. Since the baby was in Kentucky when the Goodrums took custody of him, that Court retained jurisdiction. However, when the Goodrums filed for permanent custody, the Kentucky Court refused to hear the case.

Legal Aid attorney John Altman stepped in to help the family. Thanks to his efforts, the Hamilton County Court heard the case and the Goodrums obtained permanent custody of their grandson.

John reflected, “Thrust into a tough situation and facing multiple roadblocks, the Goodrums took every step possible to provide a stable home for their grandson. Knowing that I made their job of being Kinship Caregivers just that little bit easier is a great feeling.”

Your financial support will help our Kinship Care team assist families like the Goodrums navigate the justice and child services systems so they can maintain a safe, stable environment for the children in their care. Please make your contribution today.

Other ways to Support Legal Aid

Send Us a Check

If you would prefer to mail us a check, please make it payable to The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.  Our address is:  The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, 215 E. Ninth Street, Suite 200, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

Make an IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution

Consider using your Traditional IRA to make an Annual Charitable Gift.

If you are 70½ or older, this is a good opportunity to use an asset that otherwise would be taxed if you took a distribution.

Please direct the IRA administrator to make the transfer directly from your IRA to Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati to avoid any tax issues.

Making the IRA charitable rollover gift to Legal Aid will count towards your minimum distribution for the year from the IRA.  But, it won’t count as income on your tax return.

Contribute Stock

If you would like to send Legal Aid stock, please notify your personal financial advisor that you wish to make an electronic transfer of stock to the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati.  Here is the information about us you will need to complete the transaction:

  • Our Depository Trust Company (DTC) # is 0221.  Our account number is WL18338 9C. 
  • Our Broker is UBS Financial Services, 8044 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati OH 45236-2926.  Our UBS contact is Sam Burchenal at 513.792.2105.

If you require further information, please contact Legal Aid’s Chief Financial Officer, Angie MacKay at 513-362-2878.

Make a Planned Gift

Maximize your estate tax and financial planning situation while investing in Legal Aid for posterity.

You can name Legal Aid as a beneficiary in your will, trust or life insurance policy.  You can also name Legal Aid as beneficiary of an IRA, 401K, 403B, or other qualified gift plan.  It is easy to do.  Just include our tax identification number:  31-536673.   Any of these options may provide potential estate tax savings for your heirs while providing long term support for Legal Aid.  Ask your personal financial advisor which is best for you.

The funds Legal Aid receives from law firms, attorneys, individuals, corporations, and foundations are a statement of commitment for our mission by the community. All private donation income is used in support of our mission.  Funds are used in accordance with Legal Services Corporation and other funder regulations.