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About Foster Families

When events place the safety and well-being of children in jeopardy, it can become necessary to remove them from their homes. If at all possible, public children services agencies strive to place children with family members or friends. When this is not possible, however, placement in a foster home is necessary. Currently, there is a great need for both foster and adoptive parents, and an even greater need for those who are willing to accept placement of teenagers, special needs children, sibling groups, and minorities.
 
Foster parents are expected to care for children until a court decides that they can return home safely or that they should be placed with adoptive parents or legal guardians. Foster parents often work directly with the child’s parents — teaching them skills and encouraging them. They also are expected to be active and involved in the child’s case, which means attending court hearings and school functions; providing routine transportation; and communicating regularly with caseworkers and service providers.

Most children return to their parents or another relative within a year, but sometimes it takes longer. A foster parent must agree to care for the child as long as necessary. Foster parents often continue to encourage and support the child and family after the child returns home.
 
A foster parent receives a sense of fulfillment for caring for a child in need. Foster parents receive subsidies to help meet a child’s daily needs, including medical coverage for the child through Ohio Medicaid.