Christian Children's Home of Ohio

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PO Box 765
Wooster, OH 44691
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-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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CCHO provides a safe and stable environment where abused, neglected and traumatized children find healing, discover hope, and experience unconditional love. Originally founded in 1969, CCHO’s residential treatment facility in Wooster, OH is designed to meet the mental, emotional, physical, recreational, and spiritual needs of as many as 45 children at one time. Children in residential care are provided a variety of therapeutic approaches, such as equine-assisted therapy, art, group, partial hospitalization, individual, play, and certified trauma therapy.

CCHO and our family of ministries exist to help the children, adults, and families we serve to experience their worth in Christ by offering services that transform lives. Learn more about our ministries, our mission, our leadership team, and more.

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

4.8 / 5
Rating breakdown
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Johanna Workman
May 10, 2022

I used to live there many years ago. I am now 47 years old. I was very young when I was sent there. Maybe 12 or 13. I was a runaway and always in trouble. I remember John and Sandy O'Brien. Also Pat and his wife Carol. Those 2 couples were my houseparents whom I loved dearly. Although at the time i may not have showed how much i loved them. Also the Porters...the family that ran the home. Their son Matt was a good friend of mine. Anyone know of these people? Please let me know just so i can say hello and give them a thankyou!

Rating: 5

Jenny Lukco
Dec 05, 2021

I was at CCHO for 6 months and it was it was great

Rating: 5

Jlynn Dawson
Nov 16, 2021

Love this place! The integrity, love and professionalism displayed to clients and employees is top notch!
This organization practices what they preach!

Rating: 5

Nov 04, 2021

I travel just shy of 1 hour to receive counseling here and the quality of care is yet to be met. CCHO and Encompass treat children and adults and are capable of treating trauma related issues. To be honest, I can justify driving 2 hours to get here.

Rating: 5

Will Gunsalus
May 19, 2021

My experience with this organization could not have been worse. I’ve had to deal with the counseling service for over two years, but they have done nothing to include me in the “treatment” of my minor children. I have been excluded and ignored, and as a result have lost two years of my children’s lives. The inefficiency of this organization has caused the legal process in my custody case to be dragged out long past the limit set by the State of Ohio for such cases, and even with a court order stating I am to be included in the process, the counselor still chooses to ignore me.

I have been directed to higher ups in the organization to express my concerns, and have reached out to everyone I have been directed to speak with. I have found that they are not interested in listening to what you have to say or what has been done incorrectly, they simply justify their actions and ignore the issues.

This agency is ruining my relationship with my children, and supporting parental alienation. Worst counseling practice I’ve ever dealt with.

Rating: 1