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

Coronavirus, COVID-19

In response to COVID-19, the coronavirus, and to protect the families and children we serve, as well as our employees, the Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services (MCDJFS) has modified the way customers access programs.

MCDJFS remains open Monday through Friday, 8:00am until 4:00pm.  All services remain available.  Certain precautions have been enacted.  Face to face contact with staff will be severely limited.  We ask that you do not come to the office if it can be avoided.

If you have questions about your OWF, SNAP or Medicaid benefits, please call 1-844-640-6446 or visit

All other services can be accessed via the telephone at 740-992-2117 or 1-800-992-2608:

Child Support Enforcement Agency, press 4

Children Services and Adult Protective Services, press 5

OhioMeansJobs, Non-Emergency Transportation or Childcare, press 6

Other services, press 9