National Youth Advocate Program

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1801 Watermark Drive
Suite 200
Columbus, OH 43215
United States

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DayHours
Monday 9 AM-5 PM
Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM
Wednesday 9 AM-5 PM
Thursday 9 AM-5 PM
Friday 9 AM-5 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

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National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) will guide and support you as you embark on your journey to become a foster parent. From the moment you submit your application, throughout your licensing process and with each youth you welcome into your home, NYAP will walk alongside you.

We provide 24/7 phone and in-person support, wrap around services, case management and advocacy to ensure foster parents are true partners in creating nurturing, safe and stable homes within which traumatized youth are able to heal.

NYAP has provided cost effective, community based services and support to children, youth and families since 1978. We offer flexible, creative, outcome-based solutions to meet the unique needs of the communities we serve and the individual needs of the youth and families involved in our programs and services.


Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • 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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3.5 / 5
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K Lynch
May 08, 2023

The worst agency ever. Caseworkers and supervisor are rude and disrespectful.

Rating: 1

Rose Harris
May 19, 2022

If you need any immediate assistance with your child do not call them. They will not be of service and Children's Hospital need to stop referring them.

Rating: 1

Mary Jane
Feb 04, 2022

The best

Rating: 5