Crawford County Job and Family Services

Crawford County Ohio Job and Family Services
Crawford County Ohio Job and Family Services
Crawford County Ohio Job and Family Services
Crawford County Ohio Job and Family Services
Crawford County Ohio Job and Family Services

Foster Care

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Foster care is an out-of-home placement for children who have been removed from their home and temporary custody of them has been awarded to Children Services by the court system. Foster care is utilized when a suitable relative or non-relative placement is not available or appropriate for the children.

 

Foster parents provide temporary care for children who are placed in the care of Children Services because of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or unstable family conditions. The goal of foster care is to reunite children with their families once the problems that led to the their removal have been corrected. The role of a foster parent is that of a caregiver and nurturer. The objective of a foster parent is to provide a safe, predictable, caring and structured family environment while acting as a mentor to a child that is, in many cases, anxious to be returned home. Foster parents are there to facilitate a strong bond between a child and the child’s family. Treatment, if any, occurs outside of the foster home. Foster parents are also supported by the children’s case worker who completes monthly contact and supportive services in and out of the foster care setting.

 

To check for upcoming Foster Parent/Adoption Trainings click the Events Calendar.

 

Foster Care Criteria

Family Stability

Foster care homes must provide a stable home environment.

Philosophy Acceptance

Embrace the goal of providing foster children with a positive, supportive, structured family system.  Foster a strong relationship with the birth parents and provide a strong, supportive role.  Utilize respite.

Reference Checks

References are obtained by schools, counselors, and physicians among others.

Past Performance (for Treatment Foster Care)

History of positive performance, positive evaluations, and no unacceptable disruptions.

 

Support

The agency will provide or ensure:

  • Ongoing training
  • Mileage reimbursement for visits more than one county away
  • Clothing vouchers
  • Ongoing support

 

Fostering Principles

  • Mentoring families in a time of need.
  • Caring for children during a hard time in their lives and who are in need of support.
  • Building stronger families in our community.
  • Including birth parents in all information and appointments.

 

Traditional Foster Care

Foster Care Fact

Did you know that there are nearly 500,000 American children in foster care?  These youth need stable, loving care until they can either safely reunite with their families or establish other lifelong relationships with a nurturing adult.

 

How to Get Started?

To qualify to become a foster or adoptive parent, you:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age to adopt; 21 to become a foster parent
  • Can be married or single
  • Can own or rent your home
  • Can work outside the home
  • Don’t have to earn a lot of money, just enough to support yourself
  • Need a safety inspection for your home
  • Agree to a criminal background check
  • Receive free training
  • Receive financial support, based on your child’s needs

Families that work with Children Services receive free “pre-service” training. “Pre-service” training sessions are meant to help the family prepare for the unique needs of children who have been abused or neglected, and provide good parenting information. Please note that foster parents are required to participate in ongoing education in order to maintain their license from year to year.  Also a home study must be completed for prospective foster parents.  Completing the home study process is designed to be a mutual assessment process where the agency and foster caregivers work together to determine if foster care and/or adoption is the best option for the prospective foster caregivers. Foster caregivers do not pay for the home study process, unless any repairs or changes are recommended to ensure the home’s safety.

 

Call the agency for more information and any questions you may have. The office is open weekdays from 7:30am - 4:00pm

 

If you are interested in learning about the current training requirements and where to find classes, contact Sue Bauer at Crawford County Children Services, 419-563-1570 extension 226.  Also for more information you can view the Traditional Foster Care Brochure.

Treatment Foster Care

What is Treatment Foster Care?

Treatment foster care is an out-of-home, treatment placement for children who need to address their severe emotional and behavioral problems. The primary reason for placement in treatment foster care is the need for structure, treatment support, and protection. Treatment foster care is active, structured, and occurs in specially trained foster home.

 

The role of a treatment foster parent is that of a caregiver and nurturer. The objective of a treatment foster parent is to provide a safe, predictable, caring and structured family environment while acting as a mentor to a child that is, in many cases, anxious to be returned home. Treatment foster parents are there to facilitate a strong bond between a child and the child’s family. Treatment, if any, occurs outside of the foster home. Treatment foster parents are also supported by the treatment facilitator who completes weekly contact and supportive services in and out of the treatment foster care setting.

 

Why Be a Treatment Foster Parent?

Children needing to be placed in treatment foster care are typically the agency’s most at risk children. Without treatment foster homes, these children may need to be placed in more restrictive residential facilities. These children have special needs and are in need of special foster parents to help them work through the problems facing them.

 

How to Get Started

A treatment foster caregiver shall meet at least one of the following requirements:

  • Have at least 5 years cumulative experience caring for a child in the home of the foster caregiver or applicant on a daily basis.
  • Have a minimum of 365 days of caring for a foster child in placement, while being a certified foster caregiver.
  • Have a minimum of 1 year of cumulative experience caring for a child who has special or exceptional needs in the home of a foster caregiver or applicant on a daily basis.
  • Have a minimum of 60 hours of training in a classroom setting related to children with special or exceptional needs.

 

Training Requirements

A treatment foster caregiver shall complete at least 36 hours of pre-placement training and 60 hours of continuing training during each 2 year certification period. Prior to receiving a child in placement, each treatment foster caregiver shall successfully complete an American red cross or American heart association first aid and adult and child cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification training program or the equivalent. If foster children under the age of one will be placed in the treatment foster home, infant CPR shall be included in the CPR certification. First aid and CPR certification shall be kept current at all times. Please note that foster parents are required to participate in ongoing education in order to maintain their license from year to year.

 

Call the agency for more information and any questions you may have. The office is open weekdays from 7:30am - 4:00pm

 

If you are interested in learning about the current training requirements and where to find classes, contact Sue Bauer at Crawford County Children Services, 419-563-1570 extension 226.   For a printable brochure, view the Treatment Foster Care Brochure.