Foster/Adopt

We are pleased you have expressed an interest in foster care/adoption through Medina County Job and Family Services. We welcome the opportunity to work with you and will be happy to answer any questions as you begin the process.

Please call 330-661-0808 for more information.

What does it take for me to become a foster/adoptive parent?
Medina County Job and Family Services need all kinds of adults to step forward and become foster/adoptive parents. It doesn’t matter whether you are married or single, own or rent your home, or live in a house, apartment, or mobile home. You don’t need to be wealthy; you just need to earn enough to support yourself. You’ll need to attend training classes to prepare for parenting children and to make sure your home is a safe and welcoming place for them. We’ll also check to make sure that everyone living with you is a safe person to have around kids.

  • At least 21 years of age
  • Single or married
  • Sufficient income to meet the needs of your household
  • Attend Pre-service training classes
  • Complete BCII, FBI and Children Services background checks


Foster Care or Foster-to-Adopt, what is best for my family?
Foster care or foster-to-adopt parents are licensed through Medina County Job and Family Services based on the requirements set forth by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Families are then available to have placement of children who are in need, placed in their home. All families are expected to work with the agency on a reunification plan with birth families. Foster-to-adopt families have the ultimate goal of adoption. When reunification is not possible, then the opportunity exists for a family to become a foster-to-adopt family.

Financial Assistance
Licensed families are paid a daily board rate to help assist with the cost of food, shelter, clothing and other items. Families are reimbursed for mileage. Medical coverage is provided through the agency.

Pre-service Training Sessions
All foster and foster-to-adopt families are required to complete 12 training sessions.

Pre-service Topics:

  • Module I – Orientation to Foster Care, Adoption and Kinship Care
  • Module II – The Child Protection Team
  • Module III – Child Development
  • Module IV – Childhood Trauma and Its Effects
  • Module V – Child Sexual Abuse
  • Module VI – Minimizing the Trauma of Placement
  • Module VII – Transcending Differences in Placement
  • Module VIII – Helping the Child Manage Emotions and Behaviors
  • Module XI – Understanding Primary Families
  • Module X – The Effects of Caregiving on the Caregiving Family
  • Module XI – Long-Term Separation
  • Module XII – Post-Adoption Issues for Families

In addition, families are also required to receive training on Agency Policies and Procedures as part of the home study process.