Your Heart, Your Home

No one is quite like you. Whatever your unique mix of marital and parenting status, ethnicity, income-level, and age, your life experiences have strengthened and equipped you for the next step of your journey. Perhaps that journey is foster care or adoption.

 

 

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Foster and Adopt

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.

 

Becoming a Foster Parent

STEP 1

Pre-Service Training

Complete 36 hours of training divided into 12, 3--hour modules. All spouses and live-in partners must attend.

STEP 2

Application Submission

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.

STEP 3

The Home Study

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. 

STEP 4

Placement Expectations

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.

 

FOSTER

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.

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ADOPT

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. The subsidy is available to all adoptive families, including those with public, private, international and attorney adoptions. (Stepparent adoptions do not qualify.)

KINSHIP

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.

Learn More   Kinship Permanency Incentive Application

Ohio Kinship Navigator

RESOURCES

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.

Medina County
Job and Family Services
232 Northland Drive
Medina, OH 44256
Office: (330) 722-9300
Toll Free: (800) 783-5070 
Fax: (330) 722-3383

CHILD SUPPORT
Phone: (330) 722-9398
Toll-Free: (800) 706-2732
Fax: (330) 722-9238
Email: medina_child_support_01@jfs.ohio.gov
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