Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth

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10100 Elida Road
Delphos, OH 45833
United States

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Monday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Friday 8:30 AM-5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
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SAFY is strengthening families and communities through therapeutic foster care, behavioral health, adoption, family preservation, and older youth services.
Founded in 1984, Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) provides family-based services across seven states, including Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Nevada, Ohio, and South Carolina. Driven by our mission, we construct solid support structures to help families maintain stable mental, physical, and emotional foundations to weather the storms where they are - home, school, work, or community.
At SAFY, our vision is to create thriving families and communities where every individual, regardless of background or circumstance, can reach their full potential.
SAFY is committed to the continuous pursuit of a diverse workforce that represents the youth and families in our care. We are dedicated to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging within our organization and the communities we serve. We will establish systems and apply practices in a fair and equitable manner. As we advance our mission of Preserving Families and Securing Futures for all of humanity; we seek justice for all.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic 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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3.3 / 5
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Rob Monroe
Feb 17, 2017

Great place

Rating: 5