Foster Care

Foster Parent Process and Overview
Commonly asked questions
Foster Parent Inquiry Form

Become a Foster Parent

Becoming a foster parent is an important decision for you and the child that you foster. At St. Vincent Family Center, we believe that all kids are good.  Sometimes they just need extra love and care to make them better. That is why it is so important for us to match the child with foster parents in a comfortable setting that they can call home until they are reunited with their own family or relative. We know that foster parents who are well-trained and engaged make the best foster parents.  We work hard to provide you with the best resources and trainings necessary to meet the specific needs of the child.

Choosing to become a foster parent is a big decision. It’s normal to have questions about foster parenting.  We have been asked “How long does it take to become a foster parent? How do I know if I will be a good foster parent? Will I need to take a leave of absence from work to complete the training?  Our program director is available to answer any questions you may have.  Once you have made your decision, our foster care employees will work with you through the entire process.

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What Does It Take to Become a Foster Parent?

Basically, you need to be able to provide a safe, nurturing and loving home for the child or group of siblings you foster. You will need to attend training classes that teach you about foster parenting, expectations, working with the family of origin and working with our support staff.

We're here to answer any questions you may have. Call us at (614) 813-0523        (866) 388-7832

We'd love the opportunity to talk with you about the challenges and rewards of helping a child in need. Thank you for your interest!

Foster Parent Process and Overview:

Step 1: Contact Us Today! (614) 813-0523

it’s simple. Call us or complete the inquiry through our web site.  You can also visit our office to learn more about our Treatment Foster Care program. Our address is 1490 E. Main Street.  We are located at the corner of Main and Kelton.

Click here to complete the inquiry.

When you contact us in any of the ways listed above, we will send you a packet of information within seven days of your inquiry.

Step 2: Review your packet

Once you have received the packet, we will call you to schedule an informational meeting for you to attend. You can also click on our calendar to find dates and times that are available or you may call our office at (614) 813-0523.  If we miss your call, please leave your name and number and we will get back with you as soon as possible.

The informational meeting will provide you with information about our agency and our Foster Care program.  During this meeting, you can get all of your questions answered and find out more about fostering a child.

If you belong to a group and you would like for us to present, we would be more than happy to come to your group or organization to speak. For a group presentation, we require a minimum of six people.

Step 3: Foster Parent Training Classes

Next, you can schedule to attend the Foster Parent Pre-Service Classes. Each prospective foster caregiver must:

  • Attend and complete 36 hours of training
  • Complete a background check
  • Fill out an application
  • Complete a medical screening
  • Submit a financial statement for proof of income, utility bills, divorce decree (if applicable)

In these classes, you will learn what foster parenting is all about, expectations, obligations and the rewards and challenges of being a foster parent. You will learn how to work with the biological parent(s), how to help the child adjust.

Note: Successful completion of all foster parent training classes is required.

Step 4: The Family Assessment

During this assessment, your Licensing Coordinator will arrange to make 2-3 visits to your home to interview you and all members who are living in your home. During the visits, we are able to:

  • Complete criminal background checks on all adults 18 and older who are living in your home.
  • Ensure you are able to provide a safe, nurturing home for a foster child.
  • Understand why you want to become a foster parent.
  • Make sure your home has enough space to accommodate the foster child or children.
  • Make certain that foster parenting is the right fit for you and your family.
  • Gather background information about you and your family and talk with the personal references that you provide.

While the family assessment may feel slightly intrusive, it is vitally important that we do all we can to ensure the safety and security of the foster child and families we serve. It is also important to make sure that our foster parents are adequately prepared to support and provide for the children entrusted in their care.

Step 5: Submit Documentation

Once the home study, safety home audit and all necessary forms and documentation are complete, we will submit the necessary documentation to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) for your license.  Once St. Vincent Family Center receives your foster parent license, we will mail it to you. Now you are ready to have a child placed in your home.

Step 6: A Child is placed in Your Home

Now that you have your license, we will begin to look for a child that is a good fit for your family. The placement process will be explained to you by our Licensing Coordinator and/or Clinician and we will talk with you about visitation schedules with the child’s birth parents and siblings. In addition, we will share information about our Therapeutic services.

Thank you for your interest in St. Vincent Family Center’s Treatment Foster Care.  As a foster parent, you are giving these children hope and a path to a better future.

By Email:
To ask a question, please use the following link:
bbradley@svfc.org

To receive a packet of information about our foster care program,

Commonly Asked Questions

Q: What is Foster Care?
A: Foster care is when children are voluntarily or involuntarily removed from their biological family or family of origin’s home and put into temporary care.  The reasons children are removed vary from neglect, abuse or the parent’s inability to care for the child/ren.

Our ultimate goal is to reunite the child with his or her family or a relative. To do this, the family has to make some tough decisions and positive changes to ensure the child will return to a safe and stable home. This is very difficult and in many cases takes time.

Foster parents play a vital role during the transition and adjustment period. They provide a caring family environment that is safe and stable for the children while their biological family is adapting to necessary changes.


Q: What is treatment Foster Care?
A: Often times, children from neglectful and abusive families experience extreme trauma
that requires counseling. In many cases, they exhibit more challenging emotional and behavioral problems.  Most children connected with St. Vincent Family Center are in need of Therapeutic treatment.  Our experienced staff is able to provide support 24 hours a day.


Q: Who selects what home the child goes into?
A: It’s a team effort. We look at the foster child’s needs as well as potential foster care families. We carefully review and match children to foster parents based on our many conversations about your personal preferences, the age of the child and other children in your home, the child’s individual needs and more. We let you tell us what type of child you feel would best fit in with your family.


Q: Will I be financially responsible for the foster child?
A: Foster parents receive a tax free pre-determined reimbursement to pay for the foster child’s basic needs. Foster parents receive payment one time per month through direct deposit.  The amount deposited is based on the number of days the child is in the foster parent’s care. Regarding health care, most foster care children are on the Medicaid program.


Q: Do I have to meet with the birth parents or family of origin?
A: The custodial agencies will decide at the time of placement if there are biological parents, relatives or others that the child/ren may have contract with during their stay in foster care.

It is our expectation that our foster parents will support and mentor birth parents and or relatives as a part of the treatment team.  If the primary goal is unification, the treatment team works together to support and assist with preparing the biological family for their child’s return home and to help them resolve the issues and concerns that led to the child being removed in the first place.

Q: Does the child need to change schools?
A: We believe that in most cases, it is best to keep the child in his/her own community school. However, there are some instances where the child will need to change schools.

Please contact us today to let us know if you are interested in foster parenting and would like additional information! Click here to contact us or call (614) 813-0523