Become a Foster Parent

Looking to become a Foster Parent?

We're your Starting Point.

Starting Point's It Takes 100% Heart™: Foster Care Recruitment Services are supported by the Ohio Department of Children and Youth's Children Services Hub.

It Takes Heart©: Foster Parent Recruitment

Want to start your foster care journey? We’re here to help you along the way to becoming licensed foster care providers. Starting Point is a local affiliate of Ohio Department of Children and Youth’s It Takes 100% Heart© Campaign.

Becoming a kinship, foster, or adoptive parent is a rewarding and serious commitment. You want to have the most information possible to make the decision that is best for you and your family. You are not alone on this journey.

Starting Point’s Foster Parent Recruitment Service is a one-stop-shop.
  • Guidance through the journey
  • Support through the licensing process
  • Connection to resources and community support
  • Starting Point’s Child Care Referral Services

We will help you research your options and navigate the foster care system.

The best part? Our services are FREE.

Become a Foster Parent
Fill out this short form and a Starting Point team member will contact you about next steps in your Foster Care journey.

Looking for more information? Check out these great resources for foster parents.

Starting Point is here to support you in your foster care journey, and connect you with the information and resources you’ll need to create a safe and stable home for the children in your care. 

Ohio’s Department of Children and Youth has great resources on Ohio Kinship Providers and information for families looking to become licensed foster care families

Training is a crucial part of being a foster parent. If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent in Cuyahoga County, check out the North Central Ohio Regional Training Center’s resources. If you’re interested in becoming a foster parent in Ashtabula, Geauga or Lake County, check out the Northeast Ohio Central Training Center’s resources. 

Common Definitions & Phrases in Foster Care:

Find a full list of terms and acronyms for foster care and children’s welfare programs on the Ohio Department of Children and Youth’s website. 

Foster care is the temporary placement of children with families outside of their own home, usually due to abuse or neglect. The goal of foster care is to reunite children with their parents or extended family. 

When children can’t safely remain with their parents, county agencies typically first look to kin to provide care. “Kin” or “Kinship” are terms for family members or other adults that have a relationship with a child and/or family . 

Adoption is permanent. Children become eligible for adoption if their birth parents’ rights are terminated. 

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