Foster Care Month

There are Nearly 2300 Children in Cuyahoga County Custody

Increased need for foster parents during National Foster Care Month

In Cuyahoga County there are nearly 2,300 children in county custody, placed in foster care, kinship care, or some other living arrangement. This is the highest number of children in county care since 2011.  The Division of Children and Family Services needs loving, committed adults to serve as foster parents for these children who need a safe and supportive home.  DCFS especially needs foster parents for:

  • Infants – preschoolers
  • Teenagers
  • Sibling groups
  • Youth who identify as LGBTQ  

Foster parents play a vital role a child’s life, as well as partner with birth parents who want to be reunited with their child. In honor of National Foster Care Month DCFS is highlighting several events to support our youth and foster parents.  

Youth Poetry Slam

May 9th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Cleveland Museum of Art
Teens in foster care will join other young people at the “Truth Out Loud” Youth Poetry Slam.  *Seating is limited.  
Register to reserve your seat.  

Moms Rock 5K

May 13th, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Market Square at Crocker Park
Mother’s Day race celebrates moms through birth, foster care, and adoption.  Walk, run, and kids dash. A portion of the proceeds benefit Hope for the Holidays, a fund that purchases gifts for youth in foster care. 
*Race details and registration.  

Foster Parent Training Conference

May 17th-19th
Holiday Inn Cleveland South, 6001 Rockside Rd., Independence, OH 44131
Foster parents learn from dynamic speakers and trainers and network with other caregivers. Special appreciation dinner held on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m.  

Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent can call (216) 881-5775 or read here for more information.