Did you know?

There are more than 2,000 children/youth in the custody of Cuyahoga County through no fault of their own. While their families are working to improve their situations, these children/youth need normal childhoods, committed and loving parents in their own communities, to provide a home with stability, love and structure.

Are you that family?

Then you know what you need to do…Become a foster/adoptive parent!

What do foster caregivers do?

Our foster caregivers provide basic daily care and supervision in a loving, nurturing and stable environment. They act in the place of the caregiver, supporting the child at school, ensuring all medical, dental, social, recreational, cultural, religious and physical needs are met.

Caregivers are expected to provide transportation and accompany children to medical and therapy appointments and sometimes arrange these appointments. Fos-ter caregivers develop non-physical discipline techniques that are fair and age appropriate. They act as a child advocate and are part of the agency team and will participate in all child focused meetings at the agency or in the community. Foster caregivers support children in the visitation plan and support the family in the reu-nification efforts or an alternate plan if the child cannot return home. Foster caregivers take training that increases their knowledge and skill level in caregiving this very special population. Foster caregivers respect the culture, race and back-ground as well as that of their families.

What are the requirements?

  • A foster caregiver must be at least 21 years of age (Adoption parent must be at least 18 years)
  • Have sufficient income to meet their own basic needs
  • Be in good physical, emotional and mental health
  • You can be single or part of a couple who have had a stable relationship for at least 1 year
  • There are no educational or religious requirements
  • Homeownership is not necessary, but you must have sufficient bedroom space

Steps to Becoming a Foster Caregiver/Adoptive Parent

  1. Pre-Service Training (36 hours)
  2. Application Submission
  3. The Home Study
  4. Licensure/Approval
  5. Placement Expectations

Pride Caregiver Network

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