Peer Support Groups

Do you often feel you face challenges parenting your foster, adoptive or biological child or children? Are you met with foster/adoptive parenting questions that go unanswered? How often do you feel like you’re parenting without any support? Do you wish you could find someone to help you answer questions, find the solutions and offer support?  Well, you can!

You can find support within the Cuyahoga County Cluster Support Group and our Neighborhood Collaborative Partners.

Cluster Support Groups

Cluster Support Group Meeting Schedule 

The Cluster support group encourages communication between Children and Family Services, foster and adoptive families and biological families. The Cluster support group offers opportunities for families to learn about each other solve problems, make decisions as a group, offer empathy, relationship building and advocacy skills.

By attending a cluster or support group you can offer or receive respite opportunities among members, learn about resources that may be helpful in parenting biological, adoptive and foster children.

Other advantages for attending or joining a cluster group include earning training hours toward licensure, obtaining leadership skills and being provided with a safe and non-judgmental confidential outlet, for sharing among your peers who have similar experiences. 

If you are still unsure... you might be interested in knowing that the cluster groups offer new ways of parenting, promoting self-help skills and behaviors that are effective in dealing with problems, stress, hardship and pain.

There are also cluster groups that specialize in Teens, Special Needs and Adoption.

For more information on how you can join a cluster group in your area, contact Lisa Stevens-Cutner at 216-432-3506.  We’d love to hear from you!

Agency Support

Foster Care Reimbursement

A check (referred to as board payment or per diem) is issued at the end of each month for the child’s care and needs. A foster care allowance is also provided to help meet with the child’s clothing needs as well as reimbursement for mileage and parking fees when transporting foster children to and from agency-authorized appointments. Reimbursement payments (up to 40 hours of required training of each recertification period) are available. All foster parents must meet their training requirement on time.

Medical, Dental, Counseling and Therapy Needs

These services are covered by CCDCFS and/or Medicaid for all children living in foster homes.

High Quality Training

The agency offers foster parents high quality training in order to enhance their skills and knowledge needed for the application process.  See more about

Pre-Placement Adoption Services

Once a prospective match is made, a plan is developed consisting of visitation dates for the child(ren) and family. Workshops provide subsidy information to families.

Post-Placement Adoption Services

Adoption subsidies are available for most children with special needs or circumstances.