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


The Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services is seeking qualified applicants to fill a START (Sobriety, Treatment, and Reducing Trauma) caseworker position.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree in social work, human services or closely related field of study is required, plus a valid driver’s license.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and a current resume.  The position starts at $15.29 per hour.

The cover letter and resume should be hand-delivered or mailed to:

Heather Cundiff, Administrative Assistant to the Director, Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services, P O Box 191-175 Race Street, 3rd floor, Middleport, Ohio 45760.  The envelope should be clearly marked OHIO-START.

The deadline for submission is November 8, 2019 at 12:00pm.


For more information on Ohio START, please visit