What is Foster Parenting?
- Trumbull County Children Services needs foster families to care for children until they can return to their birth families. Foster parents provide for a child’s physical, emotional and social needs over a temporary period of time. Often, these children are victims of abuse and neglect and possess their own unique health and developmental challenges.Foster parents are considered a part of our team and work together with the Trumbull County Children Services for the
well-being of the children.
- Won’t you consider being a member of our team?
- All foster parents must be licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services;
- You must be at least 21 years of age to foster;
- You may be married, single or divorced;
- You may have other children;
- You may own or rent your home or apartment, each child must have their own bed;
- You must have income sufficient to meet the basic needs of the household;
- Security clearances, fingerprints, medical exam and psychological exams are required;
- Committed to caring for children;
- Able to accept children as they are and work as a team with birth family and agency staff; and
- Able to provide support and be a strong role model.
- You must complete 36 hours of Pre-Service training. Trumbull County Children Services offers the Pre-Service training at least three times per year and also requires prospective foster families to complete an additional six hours of training on Agency policies and Family-to-Family. If you are married or have a domestic partner, both of you must complete the training;
- You must complete a home study with an assessor, which includes a home safety audit and several interviews;
- Provide a list of references and financial information;
- Complete a BCI and FBI check and security clearances; and
- Complete a psychological evaluation.
- Trumbull County licenses all of our foster families as "foster-to-adopt." In the event that reunification with the birth family is not possible and the agency obtains permanent custody, an adoption plan is made for the child. If a Trumbull County Children Services foster caregiver is identified as an adoptive placement for a child in our Agency's permanent custody, there are no fees associated with the homestudy.
- If you are interested in adopting a child listed on our Web site in need of an adoptive home, please contact our agency at (330) 372-2010 for more information. In addition, the Ohio Adoptive Guide: A Handbook for prospective adoptive families, is a valuable resource for families with questions regarding adoption.