Q. I’m interested in becoming a foster parent. How do I start the process?
A. Hamilton County works in conjunction with partner agencies in the community that provide foster care services to the children in the agency’s care. Click here to view a list of our partner agencies and their contact information.
Q. Is there an age limit to provide foster care?
A. In the state of Ohio you must be 21 years of age or older to provide foster care.
Q. Do I have to be married to become a foster parent?
A. No. You can be single, married or divorced. You may have children of your own.
Q. Do I need to own my own home?
You can own your own home or rent – you need to have space available for the child or children. You need to have a source of income and show financial stability.
Q. What can I expect when I start the foster care process?
You must pass the background check requirements – local, state and federal. Your doctor must verify that you are generally healthy and able to care for children. You must complete all of the required training classes and paperwork, as well as meet with the licensing specialist or adoption assessor to complete the process.
For more detailed information, consult the Fostering 101 section of this website.