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