Answer “T” for true or “F” for false, for each statement below. This
questionnaire helps you prepare and decide if you meet the requirements to
become a foster/adoptive parent.
- I reside in Cuyahoga County. T/F
Adoptive applicants who are not licensed foster parents for CCDCFS must be
residents of Cuyahoga County. If you don’t live in Cuyahoga County, you may
adopt our children, but your home study must be completed by your home county.
- I have enough room in my home for a foster/adopted child. T/F
Each foster child must have his/her own bed. Foster and adopted children may
share bedrooms with other same sex children. No foster child can share a
bedroom with anyone 18 years and older except in stipulated circumstances (if
you need more information about those circumstances, contact the Recruitment
Department at (216) 881-5775). Children of different sexes can share a bedroom
up to age 5. No resident in the home may move out of his/her bedroom to make
room for the new child.
- I am ready to have a safety inspection of my home done. T/F
During the home study process, your social worker will conduct a safety
inspection of the home. The home must be free of danger and refuse. You must
have working smoke detectors, an escape plan of the house posted, fire
extinguishers and pass a fire inspection by the fire department.
- I am in good physical, emotional and mental health. T/F
Being a parent is demanding! You must be healthy and emotionally stable to care
for foster/adopted children. All household members must have a medical
statement completed by a physician. Everyone over the age of 4 will be
- I have never had a case with an agency due to abuse or neglect. T/F
If you ever had a case opened with social services and abuse and neglect were
substantiated, you may not be able to become a foster/adoptive parent. This
might hold true if your own child was placed in foster care and/or was adopted.
Your application will be reviewed for a final determination. If you have any
concerns or questions, please call us at (216) 881-5775 and talk with staff.
- I have income that meets my family’s needs.T/F
During the process, you will be asked to provide proof of income to meet
household and family expenses.
- I’ve been in my current relationship for 12 months or more. T/F
Foster/Adoptive parents can be single, married, legally separated or divorced.
To reflect stability in your situation, you must be in your current marital
status for at least 12 months.
- Only married couples may adopt in Cuyahoga County. T/F
Heterosexual couples living together must be married to each other to finalize
an adoption in Probate Court. In same sex relationships, only one person can be
the applicant and adopt.
- No adult or teen in my home has ever been convicted of a crime. T/F
Any adult living in your home that was convicted of certain criminal offenses
cannot become a foster/adoptive parent. All adults 18 and over will be
fingerprinted. If you have not been a resident of Ohio for the past 5 years or
have been accused and/or convicted of a crime in another state, an FBI check
will be done. You must also report any offenses committed by juvenile household
members ages 12 to 18. Call the Recruitment Department at (216) 881-5775 if you
have any questions.
- I am ready to begin the home study process now! T/F
So you’re not moving or having any financial, marital or medical difficulties.
You see no major changes to your life in the near future, and if you are
renting your landlord will approve foster children in the home and your home is
in good repair. Have you also talked seriously to other family members about
your decision? Okay, let’s go…