More children have entered foster care as a result of the opiate epidemic. Others come from families affected by mental health issues, domestic violence and physical abuse. These children need warm, supportive families to care for them while their parents work on making positive changes in their lives.
Lucas County Children Services has about 255 foster families in the Toledo area, but needs at least that many more to meet the needs of abused and neglected children in Lucas County.
Lucas County Children Services needs foster parents to care for children of all ages, from newborns to teens, as well as groups of brothers and sisters.
A quarter of children on open cases with Lucas County Children Services live with foster families. Becoming a foster parent is one of the best ways to make a difference for kids in our community.
More than half of the children in foster care are under the age of 5, but the agency needs families that can care for children in a variety of age groups.
Foster parents can be married, single or in a relationship. They can own or rent a home or apartment, as long as there are at least two bedrooms. They can work outside the home – Lucas County Children Services will help with childcare.
Lucas County Children Services provides foster parents with financial and other supports, based on the needs of the children in your care.
Foster parents become licensed by attending the free training program and passing background and safety assessments.
For more information about becoming a foster parent, call 419-213-3336.