LEARN MORE ABOUT FOSTER CARE
Becoming a licensed foster parent is not difficult, but it is a process that includes several stops along the way that will take time, energy, and commitment. Your love for children will be greatly rewarded and fulfilled by the difference you make in the life of each child in foster care who comes into your home. Another reward for being a foster parent is to secure a better future...theirs...yours...everyone!
There is a growing need for qualified individuals willing to care for youth with a history of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse as well as neglect. Focus is looking for adults who can commit to becoming professional parents to provide a stable family environment and to nurture the different needs of each child in foster care. There are a few identified qualities that help foster parents be more successful. For your consideration, we have developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's). If by chance your question isn't answered in this list, please Contact Us so we can provide you with information to help you with your decision. The time a foster child spends in your home, either short or long, will make a difference to them for a lifetime.
Children in foster care may come from your neighborhood or a community miles away. They represent various backgrounds and range in age from birth to 21 years but share one thing in common; they have experienced abuse, neglect, or dependency. We are searching for homes to meet the many needs of our children.
To help you better understand our children, we provide quality Pre-Placement Training that is required before you are licensed. In addition to pre-placement training, Focus on Youth, Inc. offers 24-hour support services from our licensed social worker staff, excellent foster parent support through our Ongoing Training Program and Foster Parent Advisory Board, a Nurtured Heart Approach to parenting, state of the art therapy department, stipends to assist in the care of each youth, and a family friendly environment.
- Good, strong parenting skills
- Warmth & patience
- A love of people
- Sense of humor
- Ohio resident and at least 21 years old
- Sufficient income to meet household needs
- Successful completion of criminal history check, fingerprinting, background check, and driving record for all household members
- Inquire: Telephone call to inquire, ask questions, and share information. We recognize this is a big decision for you and your family and will spend as much discussing foster care with you as you want.
- Information Packet: After your inquiry call, you will determine if you want us to mail an Informational Packet to your home. If you want to proceed, a packet is mailed within 48 hours.
- Pre-Placement Training: The next step in the process is to attend Pre-Placement Training. Ohio requires foster parents receive 36 hours of training before becoming a licensed foster parent.
- Submit an application: During the Pre-Placement Training you will decide if foster parenting is right for you and your family. At this point you will complete and submit an application. After we accept your application, a home assessor will be assigned and your homestudy will begin. This can take 3 to 6 months to complete and will depend on how quickly you complete each step of the required process.
- License: After the homestudy is completed, the paperwork is submitted to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services for licensing. When approved for placement, you will be placed on our available families list all ready to accept placement of a child.
- Continuing Training: Continuing Training is required to maintain your foster care license. A training plan will be prepared to help you select trainings that will increase your foster parenting skills.
Focus on Youth complies with the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act (MEPA).
For more information, feel free to explore our website by clicking the other links above. If you are interested in talking with one of our staff about becoming a licensed foster parent, please call (513) 644-1030. If you prefer that we call you, use the "Contact Us" button on our website and complete the information. If you would like to read an article about us in Cincinnati Parent magazine, click here.
The love of a family is life's greatest blessing. ~Anonymous