Interested in Fostering?

Treatment Foster Care Description and Services

Interested in fostering?
Thinking about becoming a foster parent? You’re in the right place. You can transform the life of a child through our Treatment Foster Care Program. Treatment Foster Care differs from Family Foster Care in that it provides an advanced level of therapeutic assistance for the child in care. UMCH families receive additional training that qualifies them to become licensed as Treatment Foster Homes enabling them to offer safe, nurturing home environments for children to practice new or rediscovered skills when they are not ready or able to live with their families of origin. If you have the desire and ability to help, and are interested in working with the best Foster Care Network in Central and Southwestern Ohio, below is all the information you need to start on the journey. So, please read on to see if becoming a foster parent will be a good fit for you.

Helpful qualities.
There are no “perfect” foster families, but they do have shared values and qualities.
They are:

  • Stable
  • Mature
  • Committed
  • Dependable
  • Flexible
  • And, it helps to have a sense of humor

Team players.
Of course, foster families really care about children and advocate on their behalf. They
also are team players who work well with:

  • Social workers
  • UMCH treatment coordinators
  • Biological families
  • Service providers
  • On-call staff 24/7

The criteria.

  • A support system is a must, as you will need help from others.
  • You must be 21 or older.
  • You must be able to qualify upon completion of a background check.
  • You must live in a home that you rent or own.
  • You must have an income to meet basic needs.
  • You can be a one or two parent family, with or without your own children at home.
  • We welcome and work with people from all walks of life, ages and ethnicities.

You’ll be professional parents.
As “professional parents” who meet certain expectations, you are the ones providing a loving, structured, goal-oriented and family-focused treatment environment. You will have the central roles on the child’s multi-disciplinary team.

Your responsibilities.
As foster parents, you will:

  • Accompany children to visits and appointments
  • Enroll them in school
  • Be an active part of their treatment plan
  • Engage biological families
  • Complete reports, records and paperwork in a timely manner

You will receive a reimbursement for the care you provide, and the amount will vary depending upon the needs of the individual child.

Where are our foster homes?
We are currently looking for foster parents in these regions:

Central and Southwest Ohio (Columbus, Cincinnati, Dayton, and surrounding areas)

Working with UMCH Family Services.

  • All UMCH families receive professional training that qualifies them to become licensed as a Traditional Foster Home with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
  • Our own licensing specialists work closely with potential foster parents, conduct the necessary home studies, and recommend our families to ODJFS for licensure.
  • We operate with a lower ratio of families to case managers than many other agencies to provide customized care.

Take the next step!
Fostering is challenging and rewarding work and we’re here to help you meet your goals of helping children. We appreciate your interest and look forward to working with you. It all begins with a phone call to our Foster Parent Engagement Coordinator at 614-203-0549 or an email at