Four Steps to Becoming a Foster Parent

Step 1Pre-Service Training

  • 24 hours of training, divided into 12, two-hour sessions. Course Descriptions
  • Courses are offered seven times per year at a variety of times and multiple locations around the county. Training Schedule
  • All spouses and live-in partners must attend training, but children are not allowed.
  • Training is good for 12 months.
  • Completing training does not certify for foster care/adoption, see below.

Step 2Application Submission

  • Applications are given during preservice, after 3 self directed trainings are completed.
  • You are encouraged to complete and return the application 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.

Step 3The Home Study

  • Your home study will begin after you submit your application.
  • The study can take four to six months.
  • A home study social service worker will interview you several times, and visit your house on multiple occasions.
  • Your home must meet safety site regulations and pass a fire inspection.
  • You must submit several types of documentation, including health records, income verification, and more as required by the Ohio Administrative Code.

Step 4Placement Expectations

  • The amount of time between approval and your first placement will vary.
  • When considering a foster placement, we look at the factors you identified: the number of children, sex, age, and characteristics.



  • If you are a licensed Foster Caregiver or approved Adoptive Family requesting information about a specific child submit an inquiry and we’ll follow up with you.
  • If you are not a licensed Foster Caregiver or approved Adoptive Family please submit this interest form and we’ll get back to you.

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