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Foster Care Information

Looking for additional information about the foster care program at The Buckeye Ranch? See if we have the answers below.

What is my income requirement?

Foster parent requirements indicate the need to have sufficient income to meet your own needs without foster care reimbursements.

Do I have any say in the child or children who come into my care?

Yes, foster parents will be given all the information we receive about a child in need of placement. You choose which child will be placed in your home.

Do I have to be married?

No. We have single, married, partnered, and non-partnered foster parents. Our Foster Parents are couples who live together but are not married, multigenerational households parenting together, LGBTQ+ folks and partners, we welcome all families, whatever family means for you.

Why are children in foster care?

There are a number of reasons why a child might be placed in foster care. Some reasons include a traumatized past for our youth, but some do not. You will likely meet youth who have experienced physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, and/or homelessness. Other reasons include caregiver death, difficulty with resources or inability to parent the youth, addiction, or other hard times.

While these situations are difficult, we believe that all people learn, change, and grow. If safe, the best place for a child to grow up is in their own home or community. We are dedicated to reunifying children with their biological families when possible and, when it isn’t, find life-long familial solutions for our children and youth.

How old are the children in your foster care program?

The children in need of foster care range in age from newborn to the age of 18. In some cases, young adults up to age 21 can remain in foster care.

How many foster children does The Buckeye Ranch care for?

The number of children we have placed can ebb and flow a great deal. We care for 200-300 children on a daily basis.

How long are children in foster care?

The time a child is in care varies greatly. A child can be in care for a short time, such as a week, all the way up to a few years. Each case is different.

How old do you have to be a foster parent?

You must be at least 18 years old to be a foster parent.

How do foster parents get paid?

Foster parents get paid a daily rate called a per diem. This payment is made once a month. You are also reimbursed for various expenses you might have, such as mileage.

Foster Parent Benefits
Do I pay for the child’s clothing?

Yes. As part of the daily rate you are paid, you are expected to buy appropriate clothing for the foster child. We also offer additional clothing reimbursements.

Do I pay the child’s medical expenses?

No, the child will enter care with medical coverage. Sometimes coverage can be pending, but your assigned case managers will work individually with you to navigate this.

How often does The Buckeye Ranch visit the child?

We visit with the child on a regular basis in your home and at school. How often we visit depends on the needs of the child.

Will I get transportation support?

While the foster parent is primarily responsible for transportation, we can provide additional support to foster parents in all regions.

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