A single-family foster home is an option for those unable to continue providing direct, 24-hour care for a loved one with disabilities. Hattie Larlham's foster care program features families who open their hearts and homes to provide assistance with long-term placements.
To ensure an individual with disabilities receives appropriate placement, an initial assessment is conducted that determines the individual's needs and wants as well as those of the family or caregiver.
All prospective foster care families are first screened to determine eligibility. Participants are eligible to become a foster parent if they are at least 21 years of age, self-supporting and willing to make a long-term commitment to provide a loving, clean and safe home for someone with a disability. They must also be willing to complete a homestudy that includes a reference check, finger printing, medical clearance, home inspection and other state requirements.
Additionally, specific training to the individual and trial visits to the home are conducted by the foster care director. A long-term placement is made only when all training is complete and a comfort level has been established between the foster family and the individual.
Foster care nurses, service coordinators and the foster care program director offer on-going support and training for foster care providers. This support includes regular home visits, medical assistance, a newsletter and assistance accessing services in the community.
Our foster care network currently includes more than 20 foster homes throughout Ohio. All of our homes are approved by Hattie Larlham and certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.