Focus on Foster Families

10/30/14

Since the first quarter of 2012, Geauga County Job and Family Services (GCJFS) has seen the number of children in need of temporary and supportive care triple. This steep increase in children requiring the supportive services of our agency has led to a larger demand for certified foster care families in Geauga County.

GCJFS works to provide children with stable, loving foster homes while their own family works to make positive changes to their home, lifestyle and health. Many of the children in need of foster care families are siblings and it is our goal to keep sibling groups together. Keeping siblings together during this difficult time allows them to provide stability and support for each other while also receiving loving and nurturing care from their foster parents and family.

Foster families truly are caring and irreplaceable individuals. Finding the right home for each child or sibling group requires a great deal of information and relies heavily on the home environment created by the foster family. While each family is different, there are many traits that foster families share, including:

  • A flexible approach to childcare
  • Genuine interest in caring for children placed in their household
  • A willingness to seek and accept help when it comes to caring for their foster children
  • Consistently offering support and guidance
  • A positive attitude to serve as a role model for foster children.

The average age of children in the custody of GCJFS is nine years old. They are in need of a supportive family environment, where they feel comfortable and involved in family and community activities. Foster families are essential to providing children with stable homes during uncertain times in their lives.

With the recent increases in the number of children in Geauga County in need of temporary care, the need for foster care families is at an all-time high. If you live in Geauga County and are interested in learning more about becoming a certified foster care family, please contact Amanda Ward at 440-285-1205 or Amanda.Ward@jfs.ohio.gov to find out more about our regular public information meetings or to schedule a private foster care information session.

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