Solutions for Children, Families & Communities
Being a foster parent is a very rewarding experience. Before you decide that you want to become a foster parent, we want you to have all the information you need. For your reference and convenience, here are the most frequently asked questions about foster care.
Q: Who is eligible to become a foster parent?
Q: What is the process to become a foster parent?
A: All applicants must complete the following steps to become a licensed foster parent:
Following the completion of the steps listed above, the agency will review your paperwork and submit to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services a request for your foster parent license. Upon receipt of this license, the agency will be able to place foster children in your home.
Q: What is pre-service training? How long does it last?
A: Pre-service training is a 6-week introductory course to foster parenting where prospective parents learn foster parenting techniques and discuss topics related to parenting children with special needs. Topics discussed during pre-service training include professional parenting, diversity, relationship building, therapeutic communication, CPR and First Aid.
Q: What is involved in the application process?
A: Completing an application which gathers general information about your family in addition to the background check.
Q: What is a home study?
A: Following the completion of the pre-service training, each family is assigned a home study assessor who will carry out a 3-4 session interview at the family's home. The assessor will gather detailed information about your family and home to help determine appropriate matches during placement.
Q: Is financial assistance available?
A: Foster parents receive financial reimbursement for each foster child on a monthly basis, as well as paid training and 1-2 days of paid respite per month.