Foster Care Licensing
Pursuant to Ohio
Revised Code (ORC) Section 5103.03, the Ohio Department of Job and Family
Services (ODJFS) is charged with passing upon the fitness of agencies that
provide foster care, adoption and or residential services to and for children.
The Agency Certification/Foster Care Licensing Section is the program area
within ODJFS responsible for assessing agencies’ compliance with applicable
chapters of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). Compliance determination is
assessed through a series of announced and unannounced inspections and or
investigations. Agency inspections and investigations are scheduled throughout
the agency’s certification/approval period and are governed by the functions in
which each agency is certified/approved for. FCL utilizes information obtained
through one or more inspection reviews to determine whether an individual
agency "passes" and meets the acceptable level of rule compliance,
thus is "fit" to operate the program for which certification is
Requirements to Become a Foster Caregiver
be at least 21 years of age.
least one applicant in the home must be able to read, write and speak
English or be able to effectively communicate with any child placed in
their home and with the recommending agency.
be single or legally married.
show the household has an income sufficient to meet the basic needs of the
household and make timely payment of shelter costs.
be free of any physical, emotional, or mental condition which would
endanger a child or seriously impair the ability of the foster caregiver
or applicant to care for a foster child.
have a medical statement on all household members by a licensed physician,
physician's assistant, clinical nurse specialist, certified nurse
practitioner, or certified nurse-midwife.
person in the household over age18 may have been convicted of or pleaded
guilty of any of the offenses as defined in section 5103.0319 of the
Revised Code. Some exclusions to this may be found in rule 5101:2-7-02 of
the Administrative Code.
obtain an approved inspection by a certified state fire safety inspector
or the state fire marshal's office certifying the home is free of
conditions hazardous to the safety of foster children.
complete all preplacement and continuing training.
For further information please contact a public children
services agency or a private child placing agency in your area. A list of
agencies can be located on the Public Children Services Association of Ohio
(PCSAO) website http://www.pcsao.org/AboutPCSAO/2014/2014PCSADirectory.pdf or at the Ohio Association of Child Caring
Agencies website http://www.oacca.org/directory.html.