Preparing For The Home Study
Everything You Need To Know
What Is A Home Study?
The home study is a detailed report about your family, your home and your preparations to become a foster parent. An assessor will prepare the home study with information compiled from a variety of sources. The final report is used to recommend you for licensure as a foster parent with the State of Ohio.
What Is The Purpose of a Home Study?
The home study helps you focus on what children will fit best into your family. The final product also helps workers to place children into your home who would best fit into your family.
When Is the Home Study Started?
An assessor is assigned to begin the home study process when you turn in your application to become a foster parent. You will receive the application during pre-service training and you can turn it in at any time during your pre-service training process.
How Long Does It Take To Complete A Home Study?
By law, assessors have 180 days or six months to complete the home study. If you are prepared, keep your interview appointments with assessors, and have all the needed documents and references, you could complete your home study in as little as 3-4 months.
What Goes Into The Home Study?
The home study requires the prospective foster family to gather different documents, answer several questions, and explore their reasons for fostering. Through a series of visits and interviews with you and others in your home, the assessor will get a complete picture of who you are and what life is like in your family. The home study is a part of the decision making process for both the prospective family and the workers.
How Do I Prepare For My Home Study?
You can do several things between now and the time you turn in your application to become a foster parent:
- Ensure you have a designated bedroom with a bed & dresser to accommodate the child / children & their belongings
- Secure a car seat if you are planning to open your home to fostering infants/toddlers
- Develop a care plan that you will use when a foster child comes to your home.
Some Things To Think About:
- What happens if the child gets sick and needs to stay home from school?
- Who can help care for the child when I am sick?
- Who will assist with transportation if I am not able?
- If you think you have a legal issue that could prevent you from becoming a foster parent, contact your local
Assessor about your past criminal history or your child’s (ages 10+ ) criminal history to see if you still qualify.
Still Have Questions?
Call us at one of our convenient locations:
Cincinnati: (513) 741-3100—Ask for our Foster Home Assessor (Bobbi Schreiner).
Dayton: (937) 643-0398—Ask for our Foster Home Assessor (Alisha Jones-Cotton).