The goal of Treatment Foster Care is to provide a safe, structured environment for children of all ages and/or disability with therapeutic interventions.
First, you will be guided through the process of licensure by the foster care staff.
You will receive training to equip you as a Treatment Foster Parent. Along with the 36-hour pre-service training, you will have the opportunity to choose electives in topics of interest to you.
Once arrangements are completed and your foster child is placed in your home, you will have, at minimum, weekly phone contact, bi-weekly face to face contact and monthly home visits. You will also attend meetings with your child’s team on a monthly basis as well as receiving support from the other parents in the program on an as needed basis.
Pre-service training in accordance with the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services rules is required. Ongoing training is offered and required throughout the licensing period. You will receive 60 hours every two years.
All Treatment Foster Parents will meet to act as a support system for one another. Not only will you be able to gain new information and ideas about how to intervene with your foster child, you will have the availability of people who are able to identify completely with your efforts as a Treatment Foster Parent.
Treatment Foster Parents are patient and resourceful people who can offer a stable home environment to a foster child. Although an educational background is beneficial, none is required.
You will be paid a non-taxable income for caring for your foster child. Out of that money comes normal living expenses. Respite care is provided to allow for “healthy” breaks between foster parents and children. If you become a respite care provider, an additional reimbursement is offered.
OESTERLEN IS CURRENTLY RECRUITING NEW TREATMENT FOSTER CARE PARENTS AND HOMES. Treatment Foster Care uses licensed homes in the community and surrounding area to provide safe, supportive home placements for youth with mental, emotional, and behavioral treatment needs.
The Treatment Care Team is always available as a resource to deal with problems you encounter. We will help you devise new interventions to deal with specific problems. For situations in which the problem cannot be resolved, no family is ever required to keep a child. We ask that the foster parents make a commitment to the child; however, the final decision is yours.
Oesterlen takes into account your family’s lifestyle, including your religious and civic commitments. We seek to find a foster child who would feel comfortable in your family and take pleasure in your social activities.
For a preliminary conversation or to set an appointment, please call or e-mail the Treatment Foster Care Coordinator, Emily Blanford, at 937-399-6101, ext. 150 or 1-800-404-KIDS, ext. 150. The Treatment Foster Care Secretary may also be reached at 937-399-6101, ext. 135. Referrals may be faxed at any time to 937-399-6609 or e-mailed to [email protected].
Oesterlen is licensed and/or certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.
Oesterlen is a full member of the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies, the Child Welfare League of America, and Lutheran Services in America. Oesterlen is affiliated with the Northeastern, Northwestern, and Southern Ohio Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Oesterlen is accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and is a contract agency of the Mental Health and Recovery Board of Clark County.
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1918 Mechanicsburg Road
Springfield, Ohio 45503