Message from CHOICES
Dear Prospective Foster Parent:
Thank you for your interest in learning more about foster parenting with CHOICES, Inc. Currently, there is a tremendous need for foster parents, as there are more children in need of families than there are homes to care for them. These children are often victims of abuse or neglect and have families who are unable to meet their needs or keep them safe.
Foster parents who can temporarily provide these children with stable nurturing homes are urgently needed. Foster parents must have the ability to be very understanding and compassionate with children. Foster parenting also requires specialized skill, can be challenging and is often demanding. However, if you should decide to become a foster parent you will learn that the rewards of taking a child into your home are astonishing. Many people become foster parents because they want an opportunity to “make a difference” in a child’s life. What they often learn is this experience can also have an incredible effect on their own lives.
If foster parenting sounds like something you would like to explore, please take advantage of the information provided on our website and contact us for additional information. If you decide to pursue this rewarding challenge, please provide the requested information under Inquiry or call (937) 264-0084 and ask for the Licensing Department. An informational packet will be mailed to you as soon as possible or you can begin training right away. Find out when the next training session is by clicking here to view our calendar.
Again, thank you for your interest in foster care. We hope to meet you soon!
CHOICES, Inc. Licensing Department
There are many benefits to becoming a foster parent with CHOICES. We offer 24/7 support, employee assistance program, liability insurance and quality paid training. Your family will have the opportunity to participate in CHOICES sponsored events. Our foster parents also find personal fulfillment and enrichment throughout the process.
Potential foster parents have to meet qualifications as outlined by ODJFS. Before you begin the licensing process your licensing caseworker will go over qualifications and expectations upon licensure. You may be surprised that some of the myths you have heard about foster parenting are not true at all. Please take time to review this page.
We have provided a step by step guide for you about the approval process with CHOICES. It outlines the process from inquiry to foster all the way to having foster children placed in your home. Rest assured our licensing team and an on-going caseworker will be available for any questions along the way.
Even those who have researched becoming a foster parent probably have a lot of questions. We have compiled a list of our frequently asked questions that may help you determine if fostering is right for you. This list also outlines what to expect as children are placed in your home following licensure. If you can’t find the answer here we invite you to contact our LTR team with further questions.
If you’re looking for information about licensing with CHOICES or ready to start the process we invite you to fill out our online form by click above. By answering a few simple questions our LTR team will be able to follow up with you and provide further information. We look forward to working alongside you during the foster parent licensing process with CHOICES!