COAD4Kids assists prospective foster families with choosing an agency, and we provide information and resources on foster, adoption, and kinship care.

We offer support throughout the entire licensing process. We can help with paying for background checks, and we can provide safety items for home assessments, including smoke/carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, safety locks and boxes, and more.

We partner with private and public agencies to help with recruitment and retention of foster families as well.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I become a foster parent if I am single?

Yes! You can be single and be a licensed foster parent.

How do I know if becoming a foster parent is right for me?

If you want to support your community and offer a safe space to a child in need, being a foster parent is a good choice.

What are the qualifications for becoming a foster parent?

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Pass a background check
  • Show financial stability
  • Pass a home inspection
  • Show the ability to provide for a child and meet specific needs a child has
  • Show emotional and physical health

Is there any mandatory training?

Yes, you are required to complete 24 hours of preservice training. There are in-person options as well as virtual options so you can choose what works best with your schedule.

What is the financial reimbursement for being a foster family?

In Ohio, foster families receive a daily stipend per foster child. This stipend varies per county.

Are foster families responsible for a foster child’s medical expenses?

No, foster children receive a medical card when they enter foster care.

How long does the process take?

The home study process can take as long as 6 months depending on each individual family’s circumstances. It may take less time or in some circumstances it can take longer.

What are the responsibilities of a foster parent?

The foster parent(s) assume full responsibility for the daily care of the child. This means scheduling and attending doctor’s appointments, ensuring that the child attends school, school activities, and transporting the child to and from family visits, usually held at the agency. Sometimes foster parents find themselves in a mentoring role with the birth family depending on the nature of the relationship that develops between the two families.

Can I choose the characteristics of the child to be placed into my home?

Yes. During the home study process, a joint decision is made between the agency and the applicant regarding the number of children, age, gender, and characteristics of the children to be placed into the home.

How soon will I receive my first placement?

Children may be placed into the home as soon as the first day of certification, or it may take longer.