Children need a safe place they can call home. And families need strong support too. StepStone Family & Youth Services of Ohio supports young people in need of alternative, safer living environments.
We connect children who need homes to families who provide nurturing care. We’re committed to making a difference in the lives of the children, families and communities we serve.
- Every child deserves to grow up in a safe and healthy environment
- No family functions well in isolation. Support systems are an essential ingredient for families
- Families possess strengths upon which to build
- A crisis can create an opportunity for change
Our foster care process
You’ll begin your journey towards becoming a foster parent by completing the licensing application and home study while simultaneously attending pre-service training classes.
All prospective foster parents will need to complete pre-service training which is comprised of 12 courses that are each 3 hours in length. Additionally, foster parents will be trained in CPR/First Aid, Medication Administration and StepStone policies and procedures.
These trainings help guide the way for you to successfully parent children who started life in a family that is most likely very different from yours. The pre-service classes teach these skills and help support you as you prepare to become a foster parent.
- Completion of the licensing application
- Participation in pre-service training
- Completion of the home study process
- A positive recommendation to the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
- Approval of the licensing request from the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services
Therapeutic & non-therapeutic foster care
Therapeutic foster parents provide a structured and nurturing environment for vulnerable youth. They are specially trained to support a child’s emotional and developmental needs and are continually supported by our agency staff.
Non-therapeutic foster care is traditional foster care that provides the caring, safety and security that kids need. Children in non-therapeutic foster care are typically developing kids in need of a safer, more stable living environment.