Contact UMCH Family Services to learn more about becoming a foster parent!
In Ohio, many children need a home. These children may have been neglected, abused, or abandoned. A foster parent is someone who temporarily takes care of a child in the custody of a county. A foster family can be a one or two parent family, with or without your own children. While there are no “perfect” foster families, they do have shared values and qualities including stability, maturity, commitment, dependability, flexibility, team oriented and a sense of humor.
The UMCH Family Services Foster Team specializes in Treatment Foster Care. When used to describe Foster Care, the word “treatment” refers to an advanced level of therapeutic assistance for the child in care. Treatment Foster Families offer safe, nurturing home environments for children to practice new or rediscovered skills when they are not ready or able to live with their families of origin. Treatment Foster Families receive ongoing training from UMCH beyond that required for traditional foster care. Treatment Families become a skilled, integral part of the UMCH Multidisciplinary Team, working closely with and receive 24/7 support from case managers, supervisors, therapists, and others based on the needs of the child.
UMCH Family Services are unique in that the agency provides all treatment team services within the agency itself from psychiatrist, psychologist and nurse to treatment coordinator and supervisor. Treatment Foster Care program is goal-oriented, time-limited, and family-centered. UMCH Family Services recommends homes for licensure, regularly interact with its foster families, and operate with a low foster home to case manager ratio, which allows for individualized attention. UMCH Family Services also provides traditional foster care for children who do not require a treatment-focused environment.