Financial & Supportive Services

Foster Care
  • Monthly contact and support from your foster child’s caseworker and your licensing worker
  • Foster parent newsletter emailed to you monthly
  • Foster parent association membership with access to mentors and supports
  • Free ongoing training provided at the agency
  • Training stipend of $10/hour up to 40 hours for required licensure training
  • Free biannual recertification of your foster care license
  • Monthly per diem to care for the children
  • Upon licensure, a stipend for completing training
  • Monthly clothing allowance
  • Respite services
  • Daycare for working parents
  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Invitations to Special Agency Events
  • Foster Parent Annual Appreciation Dinner
  • Medicaid card for foster children
  • WIC for children age 0-4
  • Independent Living for 14+
  • Extracurricular opportunities for foster families when available
  • Finder’s fee
  • Transportation to scheduled agency visits when both foster parents work
  • Christmas reimbursement
  • Vacation reimbursement
  • Referrals to community services
  • Manual of policies and procedures

Minimum Requirements to be licensed as a foster care provider and/or adoptive parent:

  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • May be married or single
  • Safe, stable home with enough space for additional child(ren). Can own your home or rent.
  • Accepting of a child who is not your birth child.
  • Have sufficient income to meet the needs of your family and make timely payment of shelter costs, utility bills, and other debts.
  • A criminal records check is completed on each applicant and adult household member through the Bureau of Criminal Identification Investigation (BCII) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Persons must not have been convicted of any criminal offenses as referenced in current foster care/ adoption rules.
  • Be free of any physical, emotional, or mental condition which would endanger a foster/adoptive child or seriously impair the parent’s ability to care for a foster/adoptive child.
  • A record check of Ohio Child abuse / neglect investigations
  • Completed 36 hours of Pre-Placement training.
  • Completed Independent Living Training for the care of children who are 14 years and older.
  • There must have been no change in marital status twelve months prior to the time of application to foster/adopt.
  • Stability of current marriage will be thoroughly assessed for prospective foster/adoptive parents who have experienced a divorce.
  • There must be an adequate child care plan in place for parent(s) who work or attend school.
  • Complete First Aid/CPR training for certification
  • At least one applicant must speak, read, and write English
  • Must be a legal U.S. Citizen

Causes for Denial of an initial certification:

  • Criminal History
  • Substantiated Abuse or Neglect
  • Falsification of information during the process
  • Insufficient income
  • Lack of stable or safe housing
  • Inadequate sleeping space