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Ohio foster parent general qualifications & requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • May be single, married or co-parent(s)

  • Must be able to provide a safe, loving and nurturing home
  • Must be in good physical and mental health
  • Must have adequate space in home for additional children
  • Must have sufficient income and be financially stable
  • Must be willing to support connections between children and their parents and support reunification
  • Complete application provided by NYAP
  • Complete 36 hours of preservice training
  • Complete CPR and First Aid
  • Complete and clear all required criminal, children services and driving background checks – required for all adult household members
  • Provide personal references, including three non-related, one relative and all adult children
  • Must have a physical exam and medical statement completed by an approved healthcare provider
  • Complete home study assessment, including interviews with all household members, home safety inspection, fire inspection and additional required paperwork that will be identified during the home study process
  • Must meet all ODJFS & NYAP foster home licensing requirements