Become A Foster Parent

When a child’s world is turned upside down by abuse and neglect, it takes special care to help restore the balance. During these fragile times, skilled and loving foster parents make a difference.

Foster families provide full-time, temporary care for children who are not permitted to live with their primary family.

Most often, the goal of foster care is to reunify children with their birth families. Children not able to return to their birth families will continue to live with their foster parents until they are united with kin, are adopted, or are old enough to live independently.

  • All foster parents must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • You must be at least 21 years of age to foster
  • You may be married, single, or divorced
  • You may have other children
  • You may own OR rent your home or apartment
  • Each child must have their own bed
  • You must have an income sufficient to meet the basic needs of the household
  • Fingerprints and a medical exam are required
  • Psychological exams MAY be required
  • Committed to caring for children
  • Able to accept children as they are and work as a team with birth family and agency staff
  • Able to provide support and be a strong role model


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Attention SNAP (Food Stamps) recipients

Due to the partial U.S. government shutdown, February SNAP benefits will be available on your EBT (Ohio Direction) card on January 16, 2019 and are meant to be used in February.  YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ADDITIONAL BENEFITS IN FEBRUARY.

 This means that you may have two months’ worth of food dollars on your account this month. No food dollars will be added in February.  The early food dollars are meant to help with next month’s food.  We encourage our SNAP-participating customers to plan their purchases carefully so that they have money available to meet their food needs.