Dear Foster Parents,
First of all, thank you for being a foster parent for a child. We don't say that nearly enough. We do appreciate you and value your participation in Lorain County's Safety Net. This section of the web site should help you navigate and access most of the information you need to successfully foster.
We appreciate you.
General Information and Overview
Documents and Forms
Approved Book List UPDATED 3/2020 (read-only printed list, with competencies for ITNA)
Approved Articles for Foster Parenting Continuing Ed Hours (link to a google drive folder, articles sorted alphabeticaly, and can be downloaded as PDFs
Foster Care Rules and Investigations
Services for Foster Parents
Daycare: Find Quality Rated Early Care and Education | Ohio Child Care Search
Respite (UPDATED DEC 2019)
Foster Parent Training Schedule
Important Names and Numbers:
- Questions/concerns regarding payment of board checks: Fiscal Dept – Jessica Basinski – 440-329-5311
- Questions/concerns regarding the Medicaid card: Fiscal Dept – Karen Strader– 440-329-5683
- Training Registration and Scheduling/Scheduling BCII & FBI fingerprints – Jennie Cortes 440-329-5307
- Respite/Day Care Provider – Amber Gaikwad – (440) 329-5407
- Specific Child Related questions – Direct Services worker or their supervisor
- Specific Foster Home Questions – Family Based Care support worker or supervisor
- Independent Living - Cathy Fairbanks– 440-329-5323
- Training Approvals – Contact your support worker
FosterAdoptive Parent Rights
If you feel you have been discriminated against or unfairly treated, you have the right to file a grievance with the Agency’s ombudsman. We would encourage you to first contact your support worker and if you can not resolve the matter at that level, ask to talk to or meet with the FBC Supervisor or Manager in order to assist you. Otherwise you can contact Deborah Bailey at 440-329-5340.
If you feel you have been discriminated against by race, color, or national origin, you have the right to file a complaint using the MEPA Formal Written Notice of the Process for Any Complaints. You can use the one provided to you in training, or at the Agency’s front desk, or any Public Children Services Agency, or by contacting Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – Bureau of Civil Rights at 1-866-227-6353.