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Requirements to Be a Foster Parent

A checklist for anyone who wants to be a foster parent:
 
  • I’m at least 21.
  • I have sufficient income to financially support children and pay for shelter.
  • I do not have physical, emotional, or mental conditions that could impair my ability to care for a child.
  • No one residing in my home has a physical, emotional, or mental condition that would endanger a child.
  • At least one person in my home can read, write, and speak English or communicate effectively with a foster child and the child welfare agency staff.
  • No adult (person 18 years or older) living in my home has been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, any of the offenses listed in Ohio Administrative Code 5101:2-7-02(J), with some exceptions.
  • In the case that there is a child (person between the ages of 12 and 17 and 364 days) living in my home that has been convicted of, or pleaded guilty to, any of the offenses listed in Ohio Revised Code 5103.0319, I have notified the child welfare agency.
  • I have not had my foster care license revoked in Ohio or another state within the past five years.