Thank you for your interest in serving the children of Ohio
in need of temporary and/or permanent out-of-home settings.
The process to become certified in Ohio can be arduous. For
this reason, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS)
provides the following list of resource
|The functions for which ODJFS certification is required
are as follows:|
1. To operate a children's
2. To operate a group home(s).
3. To operate a residential
4. To operate or provide
independent living arrangements.
5. To act as a representative of
ODJFS in recommending family foster homes for certification.
6. To act as a representative of
ODJFS in recommending treatment foster homes for certification.
7. To act as a representative of
ODJFS in recommending medically fragile foster homes for
8. To act as a representative of
ODJFS in recommending pre-adoptive infant foster homes for
9. To accept temporary, permanent
or legal custody of children.
10. To place children for foster care or
11. To participate in the placement of
children in foster homes.
12. To participate in the placement of
children for adoption.
13. To operate a children's crisis care
As part of the application process, ODJFS will
require the applicant to submit the following information:
1. The name and address
of the organization;
2. The proposed purpose
and function of the organization;
3. The type of program
(how large, what it does, what types of children it
4. The specific
services to be provided;
5. The proposed
6. Sources of funding
and plan for ongoing funding;
7. Anticipated referral
sources (from whom children will be referred);
8. If the organization
is currently incorporated, submit a copy of the current Articles of
9. If the organization
is NOT currently incorporated, submit a copy of your proposed
Articles of Incorporation and three letters of reference for each
incorporator verifying that the person(s) is "reputable and
respectable" pursuant to ORC rule 5103.04. A check to cover the
filing fee required by the Secretary of State must accompany
the proposed Articles.
10. Policies, plan, and or
assurance statements as expressed by OAC 5101:2-5-13.
After ODJFS reviews the material
submitted by your organization and determines the application
packet to be complete and accurate, a Certification Specialist will
contact the applicant to set up an onsite inspection. For an
application packet, additional information, or to be connected with
a Certification Specialist in the field office nearest your
organization, contact the OCF Helpdesk at 866-886-3537 (option
eManuals: a Help Guide is available in PDF from the eManuals
site, it contains serveral updates, including static links to
- To access applicable rules, select Children and
Families; Family, Children, and Adult Services
Manual; Rule Index, or Licensing Rules.
- A tutorial is available to assist in navigating,
searching, and printing from the eManuals site. Access the tutorial
LAWriter Ohio Laws and Rules:
- For information pertinent to the application process for all
organizations subject to certification by ODJFS, see Ohio
Administrative Code (OAC) Chapter 5101:2‑5 entitled, Child Care
Agencies. For policy requirements see OAC Rule
- For information pertinent to the operation of foster care
programs, see OAC Chapter 5101:2 5, Child Care Agencies
and OAC Chapter 5101:2‑7, Foster Care.
- For information pertinent to the operation of residential
facilities, which includes requirements for the operation of
children's crisis care facilities and residential parenting
facilities, see OAC Chapter 5101:2‑9 Children's Residential
Centers, Group Homes, Residential Parenting Facilities.
- For definitions pertinent to all organizations subject to
licensure by ODJFS, see OAC rule 5101:2-1-01, Children Services
Definition of Terms.
- For information pertinent to the operation of adoption
programs, see OAC Chapter 5101:2‑48
- Depending on the functions the agency will be applying to
operate, OAC rule 5101:2-5-03 may require compliance with other
Chapters of the OAC. These Chapters are 5101:2‑39, 5101:2‑42,
and 5101:2‑47. In addition, select rules in Chapter 5101:2-33
may be applicable as well.
http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/ - LAWriter
Ohio Laws and Rules:
- Applicants are also responsible for reviewing Ohio Revised Code
(ORC) Chapters 5103. Placement of Children and 3107.
Adoption, which can be found through the internet at the
following address: http://codes.ohio.gov/orc.
- For information pertaining to Articles of
http://www.state.oh.us/ - General
information regarding the State of Ohio
http://www.jfs.ohio.gov/ - For
information pertaining to the Ohio Department of Job and Family
Services and the Office of Families and Children.