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How to Become a Foster Parent

To become a foster parent, complete the following steps: 
  1. Contact the agency for which you would like to serve as a foster parent.
  2. Complete the agency’s application process. Most agencies will conduct a home study, which could include:
  3. Personal interviews; home visits; a request for health records, financial statements, a personal statement, and character references; educational training; a search of the statewide automated child welfare information system; a safety audit; and a water test.
  4. Complete a background check. Prospective foster caregivers can request expedited processing of their background check from the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) by sending an email to FosterCheck@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov. (Expedited processing is available to prospective foster caregivers at no additional charge.)   
  5. Have a licensed medical professional fill out a medical statement for each member of your household. To print the statement, visit www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/file.asp?id=495&type=application/pdf
  6. Arrange for a home safety inspection by a certified state fire safety inspector or the Ohio Fire Marshal’s office. To reach the fire marshal, visit www.com.ohio.gov/fire
  7. Take part in a home study, performed by your licensing agency. 
  8. Complete preplacement training (a minimum of 36 hours). The training is offered by your licensing agency or through a regional training center. To find the closest training center, visit http://ocwtp.net/RTCs.htm. To find out more about training, visit http://ocwtp.net/Trainee%20Resources.htm#Preservice.