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Steps to Foster Care
1. Pre-Service Training
36 hours of training, divided into 12, 3 hour sessions.
Classes are offered at a variety of locations/times around the county 7 times per year.
All spouses and live-in partners must attend training, however
children are not allowed
Training is good for 12 months.
Completing training does not certify for foster care/adoption, see below.
2. Application Submission
Applications are distributed and explained during the first Pre-Service session.
Application is to be completed and returned while attending Pre-Service.
When you submit your application and paperwork, one of our support staff will conduct a short interview, notarize your application and take fingerprints for your background check.
All household members over the age of 18 must have proper ID and be fingerprinted.
3. The Home Study
HOME STUDY BEGINS AFTER APPLICATION SUBMISSION.
Can take 4 to 6 months.
You will have a series of interviews and visits from the home study social worker.
We must ensure that safety site regulations are met and a fire inspection conducted.
Many types of documentation, health records and income verifications, for example, must be submitted, according to Ohio Administrative Code.
4. Placement Expectations
Time varies as to how soon a child may be placed in your home.
Information regarding the number, sex, age and characteristics identified by you are considered when making a placement.
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