Becoming A Foster Parent

We’re very proud of Crystal and Mindy who spoke recently on the Vic & Josh show about the need foster care and how to become a foster care provider.

Foster parenting requires a special kind of love and commitment to children…a love that transcends food, shelter, medical assistance and educational opportunities. It is a need to share yourself, to the fullest, with children who need a temporary substitute family while separated from their families. Foster Parents are part of a special team comprised of social workers from Seneca County and other child care professionals who are working toward the ultimate goals of helping children grow, strengthening families and reuniting children with their parents.

Foster Care in Seneca County

Safe, temporary homes are provided for children who cannot safely remain in their own homes.The main purpose of the foster care program is to reunify children with their families and/or to find other permanent living arrangements when children cannot return home.
If it is determined that a child must be placed out of their home , kinship and foster homes are then considered. These types of homes are considered to be safe, temporary homes for children while their families are working on issues such as parenting skills, housing, budgeting, and/or meeting medical needs, among others. A child may be placed in a temporary home for up to one year before a more permanent solutions is considered.

Why are Children Separated from their Families?

Children are removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect and dependency which is caused by parental illness, marital problems, mental illness, substance abuse and abandonment. Parents of these children are unable to provide a safe, healthy environment for them. Some families lack the means to help themselves.

As a Foster Parent

  • You may be married, single, or divorced.
  • You may have other children.
  • You must be at least 18 years old to foster.
  • You may own or rent your house or apartment.
  • You will receive training to help you parent children that have been separated from their birth families.
  • You and a social worker will determine your parenting strengths during home study.
  • You will usually receive financial aid to help meet the child’s daily living needs.

What is Involved

  • Orientation
  • Home study
  • Licensing Guidance and support
  • Ongoing training

Ongoing Foster Parent Training classes are given at our location. Click here for our address and driving directions.   When you arrive at our building, please enter through the Veteran’s Services entrance.

For more information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent please contact Mindy Strup at Mindy.Strup@jfs.ohio.gov or call (419) 447-5011 x400

You MUST RSVP for these classes ASAP! Many other county foster families are attending these trainings and space is limited. If you wait too long, you may not have a seat! RSVP by calling Crystal Smith at 419-447-5011 x 375 or by e-mailing Crystal Smith.