Isaiah's Place - Troy, Ohio Isaiah's Place

Providing Quality Treatment Foster Care
in the Miami Valley

1100 Wayne Avenue
  Suite 3400
PO Box 220
Troy OH 45373

Ph:   937-335-3701
Fx:   937-335-7291

 

 
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"Then He said to them, "Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.   For he who is least among you all—he is the greatest."  Luke 9:48

 

 

 

 

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Frequently-Asked Questions

Who are foster children?
Foster children are children who have been removed from the custody of their parents or guardians. They can be removed because of abuse and neglect or because of substance abuse issues, mental health concerns or inability of their custodians to care for them.

Who can be a foster parent?
To become a foster parent you first must have a desire to care for children through difficult times in their lives.  You must be a patient, caring individual who has the time and energy to devote to caring for youth who have come from unstable backgrounds. You must be at least 21 years of age, can be married or single and can rent or own your own home. You must be financially stable and be able to show proof that you are able to meet your basic needs. You need to be able to successfully pass a drug screen as well as BCI and FBI background check.  Your home should be able to pass a fire inspection, safety audit and have sufficient bedrooms to accommodate foster children.  Potential foster parents cannot have any history of alleged or confirmed cases of child abuse, neglect or sexual abuse.  Persons interested in becoming a foster parent through Isaiah's Place must first meet with the licensing specialist before beginning the application process to ensure that  Isaiah's Place is the right agency for your family.

What help will I receive as a foster parent?
Isaiah's Place provides the highest level of support possible to our foster homes.  This includes providing our foster parents with weekly consultation from their Isaiah's Place caseworker as well as biweekly home visits or more, if needed.  Our foster homes also have 24 hr. a day access to their caseworkers for after hours emergencies or crises.  We do NOT utilize a pager system or answering service as we do not feel this provides our parents with the support and assistance they need in a time of crisis.  We have two licensed therapists on staff that provide intervention and assistance to foster families and children, as needed, as well as four licensed social workers to provide professional and empathetic support to our families.

What activities does Isaiah's Place do?
Isaiah's Place feels that foster children should have the same opportunities for enrichment and social activities as other children.  Because of this, Isaiah's Place hosts several events throughout the year including an annual pool party, canoe trip, Christmas skate party and Foster Parent Appreciation Banquet. Isaiah's Place also receives donations for tickets to area sporting events, museums and theaters as well as local fairs, water and amusement parks.   Donations have also been received for book bags, baby items, school supplies and toiletries.  These donations are provided at  NO cost to Isaiah's Place foster families.

Can I choose the age/gender of the children placed in my home?
Yes!   Part of the licensing process includes addressing various characteristics of children you feel will do best in your home.  When foster parents are called with a potential placement, they are given basic demographic information as well as background information on the child's behavior, education, social and medical needs.  This is done to make sure parents know as much about a child as they can before deciding to accept the placement or not.

Can I adopt children that are placed in my home?
Yes!   Although Isaiah's Place is not licensed to perform adoptions, many of our foster parents have adopted children that were placed in their home.  The foster parent licensing process is similar to what parents have to go through to adopt, so if you're interested in adoption, Isaiah's Place can send all your information to the county from which you wish to adopt and they handle it from there.

Will I receive financial help?
Yes.   Foster parents receive a daily per diem based on the child's age, needs and supervision level.  This per diem is not income, but must be spent on providing the daily living items for the child.  Per diems can be spent on costs incurred for transporting the child to and from visitation or medical and therapy services, toiletries, clothes, food, allowance and other needs the child may have.

How long does it take to become a foster parent?
The average length of time it takes to become a licensed foster parent is between two to five months.  This time varies depending on how long the family takes to complete their required paperwork as well as how long it takes to complete their 36 training hours and home study.  Families hold the majority of the control for how long they take to become licensed.  Because of time constraints on the licensing paperwork, Isaiah's Place will not go beyond six months to get a foster home licensed, unless there are special circumstances in which arrangements can be made.

What training will I receive?
To become a licensed foster parent a minimum of 36 pre-service training hours are required.  Isaiah's Place trainers will complete this training on a schedule convenient to the family in their own home.  The training curriculum includes training on CPR and First Aid, Rights and Responsibilities of Foster Caregivers, Agency Policies and Procedures, Effects of Placement, Separation and Attachment for Children, Effects of Care giving on Families, Permanency Planning for Children and Their Families, Effects of Abuse and Neglect on Normal Growth and Development, Behavior Management Techniques, Cultural Issues Including Cultural Diversity, Ohio Revised Code, Preparing Adolescents for Independent Living, Special Education Surrogate Parent Training, Prevention, Recognition and Management of Communicable Diseases.  Once this training is completed, and parents are licensed, there are additional training hours that need to be completed on an ongoing basis.   A minimum of 40 hours is required every two years for homes licensed as Family Foster homes and 60 hours every two years for homes licensed as Treatment Foster homes.  Ongoing training hours are completed in the home on an individual basis as well as in group settings.

How do I know if foster parenting is right for me and my family?
Foster parenting is not something a family should jump into without careful thought and consideration.  In order to help families make this decision, we offer the following questions to consider and talk over with your family before contacting a licensing specialist:

  • Can I love and care for a child who has come from a difficult background?
  • Can I help a child develop a sense of belonging in my home even though the stay may be temporary?
  • Can I love a child who, because of fear of rejection, does not easily love me back?
  • Am I secure in my parenting skills and abilities?
  • Can I set clear limits, be both firm and understanding in discipline?
  • Am I able to discipline without using physical means of punishment?
  • Do I view bed-wetting, lying, defiance and minor destructiveness as symptoms of a child in need?
  • Can I tolerate major failures and small successes?
  • Can I accept guidance and assistance from trained social workers?
  • Can I maintain a positive attitude toward a child's parents, even though many of the problems the child is experiencing are a direct result of the parent's actions?
  • Can I love a child with all my heart and then let them go?
  • Do I have the time and energy to devote to a child who needs to go to frequent therapy appointments, visitation and medical appointments?

If you answered "yes" or "probably" to the majority of these questions, foster parenting may be a good fit for you.

How long are the children placed in my home?
Foster care is meant to be a temporary situation until the child is able to return to their home, however sometimes children may stay in foster care until they are 18.  Foster children may be placed in your home for a day, a week, a month or several years.  The current average stay of a foster child in our homes is around one year.

What is expected of me as a foster parent?
Foster parents are expected to provide a safe, stable and nurturing environment for the children placed in their home.  They are required to attend all medical appointments for the children and are responsible for transportation to and from any therapy sessions or visitation.  Foster parents are responsible for the day-to-day care for the child and are expected to be active members of the child's treatment team participating in meetings and required activities by the county agency.

Will I have contact with the biological families of the children that are placed in my home?
Most of the children placed in foster care will have visitation with biological family members whether it be their mother, father, siblings or grandparents.   This visitation typically occurs at the county agency and is supervised by a children services worker.  Foster families often have contact with the family members at these visits and may have phone or mail contact if the county agency permits.  No foster parent information is released to biological families without prior consent and this contact is closely monitored to ensure it is not detrimental to the foster families or foster children in their care.