Steps to Foster Care

1. Pre-Service Training
  • 36 hours of training, divided into 12, 3 hour sessions. Course Descriptions
  • Classes are offered at a variety of locations/times around the county 7 times per year. Training Schedule
  • 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.

Foster Family3. The Home Study
  • 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.