Sign-Up Process

Sign-Up Process

  1. Fill out an inquiry online or contact us today by phone at (800) 296-5113  
  2. We will send you information to review
  3. Attend an information session to learn more about foster care and the process
  4. Fill out an application to become a foster parent
  5. Attend training and learn detailed information to help you in your role as a foster parent.  Training is made up of 36 hours of education, CPR certification, and First Aid
  6. Complete the home study process. This is the family assessment where you meet with one of our professional staff to help us get to know you and walk you through the paperwork process
  7. Obtain a license from the State of Ohio to be a foster parent
  8. A child is placed in your home
  9. You work closely with the case manager assigned to your home


Foster parents are required to have an initial training of 36 hours. The training covers:

  • Overview of Foster Care, Adoption, and Kinship Care
  • Teambuilding: The Role of the Parent/Caregiver on the Child Welfare Team; Legal Rights and Responsibilities of Caregiver
  • Child Abuse or Neglect and the Impact on Child Development
  • Attachment, Separation, and Placement
  • Discipline & Behavior Modification
  • Cultural Issues in Placement
  • Child Sexual Abuse, Mental Health Issues of Children in Care
  • Effects of Caregiving on the Family
  • Permanency Issues
  • Educational Advocacy and State Rules

This training is offered on a regular basis at each of our Buckeye Ranch locations. Contact us for more information.

Once you are a licensed foster home, you will need to get ongoing training to help you in providing the best care possible. 

Foster parents are required to obtain between 40 and 60 hours of continuing education every two years.  The Buckeye Ranch provides ongoing training at each of our locations. 

Foster parents are provided a stipend for all approved training they attend. Not only are you learning new parenting strategies to assist with children in your care, but you also get paid to learn!


4653 East Main Street
Whitehall, Ohio 43213
(614) 875-2371
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Offerings: Same Day Access, Permanent Family Solutions Network (PFSN), Foster Care, Bridges, Clinical community Based Programs, Outpatient, Medication Management


195 Union Street, Ste. B-3
Newark, OH 43055
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Offerings: Foster Care; Outpatient Counseling


110 Boggs Lane, Suite 270
Springdale, Ohio 45246
(513) 772-5800
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Offerings: Foster Care