ODJFS Urges More Ohioans to Consider Becoming Foster Parents
May 12, 2016 - 9:59 AM
COLUMBUS – Governor Kasich has recognized May 2016 as
Foster Care Month in Ohio, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
(ODJFS) is encouraging more Ohioans to consider becoming foster parents.
“Ohio has more than 13,000 children in foster care on any given day, and the
foster parents who provide safe, loving homes for them are heroes,” said ODJFS
Director Cynthia C. Dungey. “I encourage anyone interested in making a positive
difference in the life of a child to consider becoming a foster parent. It’s a
serious commitment, but it’s also extremely rewarding. It’s one of the most
important things anyone can do.”
In Ohio, foster parents are licensed by ODJFS through a
county public children services agency or private agency certified by ODJFS to
approve and recommend foster parents. Foster parents must be at least 21 and
able to meet a child’s basic needs. They also must complete training as part of
a home study process.
Foster parents receive ongoing support and training, as
well. Most children return to their parents or another relative within a year,
but sometimes it takes longer. When foster parents take a child into their
home, they agree to care for that child as long as is necessary. They often
support the child and family after the child returns home, as well.
For more information about becoming a foster parent, call
or visit your county public children services agency. A directory of county
agencies is available atjfs.ohio.gov.
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