Whether you’ve been curious about fostering or are just now feeling drawn to help families and kids, when you work with Medina County Job and Family Services, you are never alone. We are here to support you while you prepare to give your heart and home to a child in need.
Complete 24 total hours of training, divided between self-directed/online training and in-person training. All spouses and live-in partners must attend.
The application will be mailed to you as part of the information packet. The application and supporting documents should be returned to the agency and that begins the application process. As you work through your training, you can submit other supporting documents. Our staff will schedule a time to complete the fingerprint background check.
Upon completion of your training, an assessor will work with you to complete all the paperwork and safety inspections required to become licensed. Several home visits will be conducted, and all family members will be interviewed. Once the home study is complete you will be licensed for foster care and approved for adoption with the State of Ohio.
When considering your placement, we will take into account the number, age, gender, and characteristics of children discussed, as part of the home study process.
When children cannot safely remain in their own homes, they are placed in a temporary living situation called foster care. Foster parents—at least 18 years of age and representing a range of marital statuses, orientations, and religions—provide daily care and supervision, acting in place of the parent to make sure all needs of the child are met until children are reunified with their parents or a permanent living situation is arranged for them. The need is greatest for school-age children, teens, and sibling groups. Foster parents receive ongoing training, support, financial assistance, and health care for the children in their care.
There are times when fostering a child leads to the opportunity to adopt. Post Adoption Special Services Subsidy (PASSS) is a state-funded program designed to assist families to receive services after adoption finalization. For information on PASSS, click here.
Are you caring or considering caring for a child already close to the family? Kinship Care describes a temporary or permanent arrangement in which a relative or any non-relative adult who has a long-standing relationship or bond with the child and/or family, has taken over the full-time, substitute care of a child whose parents are unable or unwilling to do so. Kinship care often offers the greatest level of stability by allowing children to maintain their sense of belonging and enhances their ability to identify with their family's culture and traditions.
Have you ever thought about becoming a foster parent? Wondered what it takes to become licensed?
Follow one couple's journey as they pursue expanding their family, and redefine "family" along the way. See what it takes to provide a safe place for vulnerable children by becoming a foster parent. Get a first-hand look at working with Medina County Job and Family Services throughout the licensing process, and hear personal experiences and advice from current foster parents.
Could you be part of changing the world one kid at a time?
Getting started with the foster parent application process? Find important resources below! To complete the Autobiography and Home Study Questions, download and open the fillable PDFs. After opening the PDF, select "Fill & Sign" from the menu on the right-hand side of the PDF. You will then be able to type in your answers.
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