Welcome to the informational site for the Meigs County foster/adoptive program. We are aggressively seeking new foster/adoptive homes in Meigs County, Ohio. Scroll down to learn more about how you can help, either by providing a home, or by inviting us to present to your group so we may continue to spread the word about this crucial need.

 

Did You Know?
There are currently not enough foster and adoptive homes in Meigs County. When children must be taken from their homes for their own safety and protection, they are now sent to a foster family in another county.

Can you imagine
the trauma of being taken from your home, only to find you also have to leave your school, your teachers, your friends, your doctors, your church, your counselors?

Everything that is familiar is gone. 
This creates an even more challenging situation for a child already in crisis. 

How can you help?
Please help us keep our kids in Meigs County. Consider becoming
a Foster or Adoptive family, or recommend the program to an ideal candidate.

Call to offer your help, or your home:
740/992-CARE

Keep our Kids in Meigs County.
We’re the Next Best Thing to Home.

SPEAKERS AVAILABLE:
Caseworkers are available to speak to your group about our program. If you have a church, civic or social group who would like to hear more, please call us to set up a presentation at your regularly scheduled meeting.

740/992-CARE

What Are the Steps to Becoming A Foster/ Adoptive Caregiver?

  1. Decide if your family is willing to accept a child in need.
  2. Contact us. We will provide you with all the paperwork and explain everything in detail.
  3. You will be assigned a caseworker who will help you through the program and assist you, every step of the way.
  4. We will run a BCI&I and FBI background check on all adults in the home.
  5. You will complete the application forms.
  6. You will provide five letters of reference.
  7. You will complete a Home Study, administered by Meigs County Children’s Services.
  8. Everyone in your home will need a medical form completed by your family doctor.
  9. You will receive a home Fire Inspection by the state Fire Marshal.
  10. You will complete thirty-six pre-service training hours, to be sure you understand the requirements of the program and the needs of a foster/adoptive child.
  11. Once all these steps are completed satisfactorily, you will become a licensed foster / adoptive parent.
  12. You can then make a difference in a child’s life

What Does the Program Pay For?

As a licensed foster parent, you receive a daily amount of money to pay for the care of each child. In addition, you receive payment for their medical expenses, clothing, graduation expenses, etc. You will also be reimbursed for the cost of training you are required to take.

Current rates are as follows:

Per Diem (Per day)
$30.00 per day per child for emergency care not to exceed 7 days for ages 0-18
(21 if MR/DD).

$23.00 per day per child, after 7 days, for ages 0-12.

$28.00 per day per child, after 7 days, for ages 13-18 (21 if MR/DD)

$5.00 additional per day per child if the child has special needs.
Special needs are defined as a child with a medical condition, physical impairment, mental retardation, or developmental disability; or has an emotional disturbance or behavior problem. Written verification must be provided by a physician.

Respite Care (Per day)
$30.00 per day per child for emergency care not to exceed 7 days for ages 0-18
(21 if MR/DD).

$23.00 per day per child, after 7 days, for ages 0-12.

$28.00 per day per child, after 7 days, for ages 13-18 (21 if MR/DD)

$5.00 additional per day per child if the child has special needs.
Special needs are defined as a child with a medical condition, physical impairment, mental retardation, or developmental disability; or has an emotional disturbance or behavior problem. Written verification must be provided by a physician.

Clothing Allowances
$225.00 for initial clothing allowance per child when child enters MCDJFS custody.

$175.00 for seasonal (spring, summer, winter and fall) growth per child while
child remains in agency custody.

Yearly total expenditure per child cannot exceed $750.00 without approval of social
services supervisor.

Graduation Expenses
$500.00 per child when graduating from high school for expenses related to graduation such as cap, gown, announcements, etc.

Property Damage
MCDJFS will pay foster caregiver up to $750.00 or the actual cost of the damage, whichever is less, through the duration of the placement,  if the child in custody of the agency causes property damage to the caregiver’s home.

Medical Coverage
All medical expenses incurred while child is in placement is the responsibility of MCDJFS.
The provider will not be held responsible for payment of medical bills for a child in custody of MCDJFS. MCDJFS will apply for Medicaid on behalf of a child in custody.

Mileage
MCDJFS does not pay mileage to foster caregivers. The per diem amount was increase to cover mileage. Foster caregivers are required to provide transportation as it relates to medical, dental and psychological appointments, etc. Transportation to and from the office for visitation and transportation to and from extra curricular activities are expected.

Training
Payment of foster care stipends and reimbursement of training allowances will be made in accordance with additional regulations, to be provided by MCDJFS. 

School Supplies
MCDJFS will reimburse a foster caregiver up to $40.00 per year per child for school supplies.

What Will It Cost Me?

The cost of being a foster parent is the giving of your time, care, home, and attention to a child who is in desperate need of those things.

We offer the financial support; you must give the emotional support to the child you are assigned.

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