Becoming a Foster Parent

Our goal is to reunite the child with their family or relatives whenever possible. Being a foster parent is challenging; it’s not easy! OFY does whatever it takes to support our foster parents so that they can do a solid job of temporarily caring for a child. If you become a foster parent, your job will be to keep the children in your home safe and help them grow and develop until they can return home again.

OFY supports you by providing:

  • Training: Getting you ready to foster; Keeping your skills sharp while you foster.
  • Meetings with you and the child frequently to check on you and how you are doing.
  • Access to very experienced staff (averaging 18 years each!) for advice and guidance.
  • Counseling and psychological evaluations for the child.
  • Consults with our professional, clinical staff in case your child requires a special approach.

    One of the biggest challenges foster parents face is handling the emotional ‘roller coaster’ children go through because they visit their biological parents regularly while living with you; their foster parent. We support you and help you deal with this.

    Another challenge foster parents have is letting the child go when it’s time for them to return home. Many believe they aren’t able to do this after caring for a child. While this is a difficult thing to tackle, you have to realize that you have dealt with separations similar to this in your past: you have moved and left familiar family and friends; left teachers; a neighborhood; you’ve lost parents, relatives and friends through deaths, etc…You are there to help a child/teen and young people who return to family members often remember the good things foster parents have done for them.

    There are many foster care programs to choose from in the Greater Cleveland area. See Frequently Asked Questions and Meet Our Staff (we are experienced in the field) to learn why you should try us!

    Get started on the road to becoming an OFY foster parent (the best kind!) by filling out the Form For Prospective Foster Parents or the checking out the Preplacement Training Schedule and attending a meeting.

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