Bair Foundation

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655 E. Dublin-Granville Rd.
Ste. 290
Columbus, OH 43229
United States

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DayHours
Monday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-4:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Today, there are more than 120,000 children and teens in foster care who are waiting for the love and security that a permanent home provides. May is National Foster Care Month and The Bair Foundation is looking for potential foster parents to give hope, love, and a stable environment to kids now more than ever.

Everyone needs to feel a sense of belonging, and you never outgrow the need for a family. Kids are God’s greatest gift. When you become a parent, you take on a role unlike any other. Foster care could be the next route to take on your journey to raising a family.

Many people say that when they adopt a pet, they not only saved an animal, but their furry friend saved them as well. Foster homes are no different. Each foster home not only benefits the child or teen but the foster parents as well.


Services and information

  • Kinship / Relative Care
  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Other

Requirements to become a foster parent

After deciding to foster, make sure your household members are on board with what will be a life-changing decision to foster. Then, educate yourself about Ohio's requirements for foster parents. Applicants who want to foster or adopt in Ohio must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Live in a safe and stable home
  • Meet home safety requirements
  • Clear a background check with fingerprinting
  • Provide at least three character references
  • Provide ample space for a foster child in their house or apartment
  • Attend foster parent orientation
  • Take part in required hours of foster parent training
  • Maintain financially stability
  • Prove good health
  • Complete the Home Study process

To apply or ensure you meet the prerequisites, there are two primary Ohio state resources. Contact the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) or a local Public Children's Service Agency (PCSAs).

If you are ready to learn more, contact a local child-placing agency to schedule foster parent information orientation. At orientation, aspiring foster parents learn more about foster parenting responsibilities, navigating the foster system, and the foster application process. If you have questions, orientation is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and meet other potential foster families.

Administrative paperwork can take some time to complete, but having everything prepared will ensure it goes smoothly. It will help the process move along if you gather financial documents ahead of time. These include tax filings and paystubs, which you will need to show as proof of financial stability.

Foster parents in Ohio must also attend 24 hours of pre-service foster parent training. This training teaches foster families about the trauma experienced by all foster children. It also covers how to provide general and specialized care to foster children.


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Average user rating

4.5 / 5
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Dona Wiseman
Jan 13, 2019

Worked with a small group at my church Grace of Powell. For 2 hours I got to work watching children while the foster parents had a meeting. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this experience love the children🤗❤️

Rating: 4

Jamie Campbell, Esq.
Sep 21, 2018

So supportive! Best agency!

Rating: 5