Commonly Asked Questions
How much will it cost me to become a foster parent?
There is no charge to the applicant for the licensing process to become a treatment foster caregiver. After a child is placed in your home, House of New Hope will pay you a monthly subsidy to help cover the expenses incurred for room and board, clothing and supplies. Additional amounts are paid for your participation in House of New Hope training, child care and day care. All of the child's medical and dental expenses are paid by Medicaid. Counseling and other therapy needs are also covered by Medicaid.
How long will it take me to get a foster child?
The licensing process usually takes from 6-weeks to 4 months. You will have to be fingerprinted, your credit history checked, and the completion of a home study in which all of your immediate family members and/or other household members are interviewed during 2-3 home visits in order to get to know you better. Your home will need both a safety and fire inspection completed, and any adult to be placed on the license will have to complete 36 hours of pre-service training. After your license is issued, the time it takes for a placement will depend on the ages, gender and characteristics of children you would be willing to care for and the availability of children that match your preferences.
What is House of New Hope's role in this process?
We are a license recommending agency for the Ohio Department of Job and Family services. We will walk you through the process, provide you with all necessary training, do the home study and prepare you for the home inspections. After you become licensed, our agency will provide you with an ongoing therapeutic case manager to encourage, help and support you as you assist a child in their healing. We will pray with you if this is your request and we will pray for you regardless. We are also responsible to help you renew your license each year.
Can I specify what child I take into my home?
During the licensing process you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding the age, gender, number of children you are interested in considering. You will also be asked about the emotional and physical challenges that you would be willing to tackle. Before a placement is made, House of New Hope's licensing department will discuss everything known about the child at the time of referral and help you decide whether or not that child would be a match for your family.
Where do the children come from?
Our foster children come from many different public children service agencies throughout the State of Ohio. The children are in the custody of their county and may come from cities like Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Coshocton, New Philadelphia, Circleville, Zanesville, Newark and many others. Most children will be reunified with their parents or other family member while about 15% may be or become eligible for adoption.
What age group represents the greatest need for treatment foster homes?
About 7% of children in foster care are infants under the age of 1; about 30% are between the ages of 1 and 5. there are around 27% between the ages of 6 and 12. Approximately 32% are over 12 years old. The majority of children come into care with their siblings. Our greatest need is for homes to take infants (many of whom are born addicted), a sibling group of 2 or more school age children, and teens.
Is there any way to gradually work up to accepting a child full-time?
Absolutely! Periodically either foster parents or foster children need a break. This break is called a "respite." Whether overnight, a weekend or for a few weeks, a licensed treatment foster caregiver provides alternative care and assists in preventing a disruption, self-care or a well-needed break.
What if I only want infants?
The need for families to foster infants is steadily rising due to Ohio's opioid epidemic. However, many of these infants are part of a larger sibling group and many of the infants coming into care are drug exposed. Many of them need lots of attention and holding, or may have medical needs or complications. You will need to be prepared with a crib, infant car seat, swing, etc. You should be open to receive the placement 24/7.
How long do children usually stay in the foster home?
The length of placement varies from a few days to many years. The average placement lasts 6-9 months.
What happens to foster children when they leave my home?
While children are in foster care, the custodial county children service agency is working with the family to rectify the problems that caused the children to come into care to begin with. There are services offered to the parents such as alcohol and other drug rehabilitation, anger management counseling, and parenting classes. If the parent shows progress in getting their life under control, the children will be returned to the parent after many supervised and unsupervised home visits. The county will continue to monitor the family to insure the child's safety. If the parent cannot overcome the barriers to parenting, the county seeks out close and distant family members in order to provide kinship care. However many of our foster families adopt their foster children if the case plan changes to adoption.
Isn't it hard to let a child go after having them become a part of your family?
YES! It is hard. Foster care is a ministry to assist in the healing of a traumatized child. Sometimes ministry is hard! However, the rewards are huge. To take a child into your home, giving soothing, reassurance of safety and demonstrating your commitment to them time and time again can have a life changing effect on these children. In James 1:27 God has asked us "to care for the orphans and widows in their time of need." He will give us the strength to care for them and the courage to let them go when the time comes.
Why should I select House of New Hope as our agency?
- Experience.... House of New Hope was founded by foster parents and many of our staff are foster parents or have adopted. We really know the challenges and the joys of foster caregiving!
- Mission.... We believe that we were called to serve and have made it our mission to assist and improve the lives of Ohio's most vulnerable children and youth.
- Responsive.... We are certainly not perfect, but we learn from our errors and respond to your needs. We keep few secrets, are direct and honest with you, work hard to maintain a close and healthy relationship with you, and encourage you to find your voice with us.
- Support.... Foster caregiving is emotionally tiring work. Knowing this first hand, we are available to you around-the-clock. You are never really alone!
- Training.... House of New Hope's training institute provides cutting edge training virtually every week of the year... daytime, evenings or weekends.
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