Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

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922 West Riverview Avenue
Dayton, OH 45407
United States

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Monday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM-5 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-4 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley is thrilled to partner with OhioKAN, a new statewide flexible and responsive kinship and adoption navigator program designed to assist children, caregivers, and families.

The program is designed to assist those who have adopted children as well as those who are providing kinship care.

When a child cannot live with his or her parents, kinship caregivers often take over the full-time responsibility of caring for that child, providing ongoing stability, support, and guidance. The definition of a kinship caregiver also goes beyond the scope of relatives and may include an adult who has a relationship with the child or the family.

Kinship care can be temporary until the child can return home or has to move to another home. Kinship care can also be permanent, meaning the kin caregivers will care for the child until he or she becomes an adult.

Services and information

  • 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.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

4.4 / 5
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Brandi R
Aug 06, 2023

Incredible place with many community resources!

Rating: 4

Jul 21, 2023

The worst organisation I never seen.
human rights should be considered by every organization involved in helping people including refugees.
but for this organization, it is dangerous, it does not have any service for the refuges, they abuses them badly. those who are given aid to this organization should be informed if it does not reach the beneficiaries.

Rating: 1

Jun 03, 2023

Good place to go to for the pantry.

Rating: 5

Letitia Wallace
May 24, 2023

They are pretty good at getting people in and out of the building for the food pantry.

Rating: 5

Alice Miles
May 16, 2023


Rating: 5