General Program Description

The primary responsibility of Licking County Job and Family Services (LCJFS), Children Services is to keep families together. However when children’s needs for physical, emotional, and social growth are not being met, Licking County Job and Family Services Children Services may intervene and the children may have to be placed with a surrogate family – a foster family. Foster families work with Licking County Job and Family Services Children Services to ensure the children’s needs are being met while the child’s family takes the necessary steps to ensure the child’s safety and wellbeing. Foster Care is intended as a temporary situation. The primary goal of foster care is to reunite families or ensure the child will leave foster care for a permanent placement.

Foster parents are needed to provide these temporary homes and care for children who are unable to live in their own homes due to substantial risk of abuse or neglect. Foster children range in age from birth to 18 and in some cases up to the age of 21. Typically the majority of children in custody of the LCJFS are between the ages of 5 and 12; however, the number of teenagers is increasing.

Foster parents serve an important role in each child’s life. There continues to be a need for additional foster parents in Licking County. Too often children have to be placed in a foster home outside of Licking County, making it increasingly difficult for social workers to provide services to the child, foster family, and birth family. Licking County foster children are placed only in homes certified by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Foster Parent Eligibility Requirements

If you have specific questions regarding foster parenting in Licking County, please call our foster care coordinators at 740-670-8810 or 740-670-8725 or send an e-mail.

You may apply to become a licensed foster parent through Licking County JFS if you:

  1. Are at least 21 years of age.
  2. Single or married, with no change in marital status for at least one year.
  3. Able to provide proof of sufficient income to meet the needs of the household.
  4. Complete BCII, FBI, and Children Service Background Checks with no prohibitive offenses
  5. Ensure children are able to attend all scheduled appointments and visitations and have a clean and safe home
  6. Provide a safe and healthy home for a child
  7. Complete 39 hours of pre-service training

Pre-Service Training
Prior to applying to become a foster or adoptive parent through Licking County JFS, families must complete pre-service training as developed by the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program plus an additional 3 hour training provided by Foster and Adoptive Parents through Licking County.

We provide pre-service training 3 times a year. Training classes are on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:15 – 9:15 pm at the OhioMeansJobs | Licking County building, (formerly Opportunity Links) in Newark.

2020-2021 Foster / Adopt Pre-Service Training Workshop Schedule

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Home Study
Applications to become licensed foster / adoptive parents will be handed out after completion of pre-service training. Once an application is received by LCJFS, a worker will be assigned to work with your family to complete a home study. A home study consist of a series of interviews which helps to evaluate if foster parenting is right for you and your family, helps LCJFS get to know you as well as evaluate what type of children would fit best into your family.


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Newark, Ohio 43055
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