(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – There are a number of reasons as to why a child’s parents may not be able to care for them and oftentimes family members step in to help out.
When family members step in to care for children in their family it is known as kinship care. To become a kinship care provider, you must be at least 18 years old.
Additional factors taken into consideration may include:
- Family make-up
- Criminal background check (including fingerprinting).
- Employment history.
- Marital/personal relationship history.
- Financial history/current financial situation.
- Home environment (safety inspection).
- Physical and/or mental health assessment.
- Drug/alcohol assessment.
- Review of juvenile court records for any minors residing in the home.
Some kinship care providers elect to become licensed foster care providers. Since every kinship situation is unique, Tuscarawas County Children Services can help you determine if this makes sense for your family.
For more information contact Tuscarawas County Job & Family Services at 330-339-7791