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Frequently asked questions about Foster Care

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?


  • Any adult 21 years of age or older
  • You can be single, married, divorced or widowed
  • Be a family with or without children
  • Be a renter or homeowner
  • Able to pass a criminal background check
  • Able to provide financially for their family's present needs
  • Able to physically, mentally and emotionally care for a child


Q: What is the process to become a foster parent?

A: All applicants must complete the following steps to become a licensed foster parent:

  1. Complete pre-service training
  2. Complete the application process
  3. Complete the home study process

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 44 hour 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.