Requirements to be a Foster/Adoptive Parent:
•Must be at least 21
years of age.
•May be married or
•Safe, stable home
with enough space for additional child(ren). Can own your home or
•Accepting of a child
who is not your birth child.
income to meet the needs of your family and make timely payment of
shelter costs, utility bills, and other debts.
•A criminal records
check is completed on each applicant and adult household member
through the Bureau of Criminal Identification Investigation (BCII) and
the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fees for the record check
are paid by TCJFS. Persons must not have been convicted of any
criminal offenses as referenced in current foster care/adoption rules.
parent(s) does not have a diagnosis by a licensed physician,
psychiatrist, certified psychologist, or licensed independent social
worker documenting a physical, emotional, or mental condition which
would endanger a foster/adoptive child or seriously impair the
parent’s ability to care for a foster/adoptive child.
•A records check of
Ohio child abuse/neglect investigations will be conducted.
•Completed 36 Hours of
Living Training for the care of children who are 14 years and older
•A home study
assessment has been completed, by a certified adoption assessor, which
indicates the prospective parent(s) would be suitable and ready to
provide foster/adoptive care.
•All services provided
to foster care/adoptive parents are without regard to race, color,
national origin, disability, or religious affiliation.
parents may apply to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)
for a loan from the State Adoption Assistance Loan Fund to assist with
expenses related to adoption. This fund was created under Section
5101.143 of the Ohio Revised Code. ODJFS shall consider the financial
need of the prospective adoptive parent in determining whether to
approve a loan application, and the loan amount will not exceed
$3,000. Reference ORC 3107.018 for more details. Additional Mahoning
County Children Services minimum requirements to be a foster/adoptive
•There must have been
no change in marital status twelve months prior to the time of
application to foster/adopt.
•Stability of current
marriage will be thoroughly assessed for prospective foster/adoptive
parents who have experienced a divorce.
•There must be an
adequate child care plan in place for parent(s) who work or attend
Aid/CPR training for certification.