Foster Care & Adoption

Please click here to read a letter from our Executive Director, Deanna Nichols-Stika

Foster Care

When children cannot remain in their own homes due to safety concerns, and appropriate relatives are not available, Foster Care is the next least restrictive and preferred setting. While Foster Care is considered a temporary situation it is a full time commitment. A child will remain in a Foster home until such time as their parents or an appropriate relative are able to safely resume their parenting responsibilities or an adoptive family is found. Sometimes this process moves quickly yet the length of placement varies with each child’s circumstances.

During the time a child is residing with a Foster family, a case worker will visit your home monthly to monitor the child’s progress. You will also have a monthly visit from your placement specialist who is there to support you in your role as a Foster Parent. You will receive a monthly stipend which is reimbursement for meeting the basic needs of the child or children placed in your home.


Adoption is the permanent and legal transfer of all parental rights and responsibilities from one family to another. When adopting children through Wayne County Children Services, the agency would first obtain permanent custody of the child through Juvenile Court and then the child would be legally eligible for adoption. Adoptive parents assume all the rights and responsibilities any biological parent would have. This is a permanent arrangement. Some adopted children are eligible to receive a monthly stipend from the state. This adoption subsidy is child specific and determined by the state on a case-by-case basis.

Can Foster Families Adopt a Foster Child?

Yes. When a child becomes eligible for adoption, often times the person or family with whom the child has been residing is the preferred option to adopt. Wayne County Children Services firmly believes moves hurt kids and we strive to reduce the number of moves children experience. Sometimes however, circumstances exist which might make someone else a more appropriate choice to adopt. Some examples of this might be a relative, or to reunify a child with siblings already being cared for by someone else who is willing and able to care for all of the children together.

To Be a Foster and/or Adoptive Parent:

  • You only have to be 21 years old to become a licensed Foster Parent.
  • You only have to be 18 years old to be approved for Adoption.
  • You do NOT have to be married to become a licensed Foster Parent
  • If you once were married, you do have to be legally divorced or separated.
  • You don’t have to be rich but you do need to show a steady and stable source of income. 
  • You do not have to own your own home but if you do rent, you must have the approval of your landlord to foster children.
  • Your home must be able to pass an Inspection performed by the local Fire Marshall.
  • All adult household members will need to complete a criminal background check but NOT all crimes will disqualify you from becoming a licensed Foster Parent.
  • While we do need Foster Parents for all children, you can specify the age, race, gender and number of children you are willing to care for

If you have have specific questions regarding foster and/or adoption parenting in Wayne County, please feel free to contact our recruitment specialist Suzanne Greenberg at (330) 345-5340 ext. 2339 or click here to request more information.

What kind of training will I receive as a Foster or Adoptive parent?

Wayne County Children Services is committed to providing high quality training for prospective foster and adoptive parents.  All trainers are certified by the State of Ohio and possess the knowledge, experience and skills to teach and guide prospective foster and adoptive parents.

Prospective Foster and Adoptive parents are required to attend 36 hours of Pre-Service Training plus WCCS requires 3 hours of WCCS Agency Related Information Training.  All training must be completed before the home study process can begin. Pre-Service and WCCS Agency Related Information training are all held at Wayne County Children Services located at 2534 Burbank Road.  ALL spouses or co-parents are required to attend training.

Pre-Service training is interactive and will cover a variety of parenting topics that will assist you with parenting children who come from situations of abuse and neglect. Some of the topics offered include:

  • Overall orientation to the Agency and to Fostering and Adopting
  • The Effects of Child Abuse and Neglect on Children 
  • Managing Behavior – De-Escalating a crisis
  • Cultural Issues
  • Understanding Family
  • Children who have been Sexually Abused

Training Schedules

 2018 Child Abuse & Neglect Trainer for Day Care Providers

 2018 Fall Ongoing Foster Parent Training Schedule

        2019 Winter Pre-Service Foster Parent Training Schedule

        2019 Winter Ongoing Foster Parent Training Schedule

Inquiry / More Information

Click here to learn more about becoming a licensed Foster Parent or approved for Adoption.