Foster Care & Adoption

About Us

Our Team
  • Kathleen Peters, BSW, LSW,  Assistant Director Out of Home Care
  • Jennifer Clarke,  Administrative Office Manager, Clermont County
  • Sadie Meiners, BSW, LSW,  Coordinator, Foster Care, Adoption and Life Skills 
  • Hilary Shelton, BA, QMHS,  Foster Care Mental Health Specialist, Life Skills Specialist
  • Amy Scobey, BS, QMHS,  Foster Care Mental Health Specialist, Life Skills Specialist
  • Sharon Gillespie, BA, QMHS,  Parent Educator
  • Laura Kresslein, BS, SWT,  Parent Educator
  • Laura Redmond, BA, QMHS, Parent Educator

Our Philosophy

At-risk parents need mentoring, child development information, education and training, role modeling, hands-on parent guidance provided by highly skilled parent educators, daily living skills training and concrete resources and social supports.     

When children are unable to live with their birth parents, they are best cared for in alternate healthy families. Licensed foster parents need commitment in their hearts, specialized training and preparation and unlimited support to promote healthy, well-adjusted children and birth families. 


Our Licensing

Child Focus Foster Care and Adoption Services are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and include recommending families for foster care certification, placing children in licensed foster homes, participating in and overseeing care of children in foster homes and providing independent living services.  Mental health services provided to children and families in Out of Home Care are certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

Our Accreditation

Child Focus programs and services have been nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 2005.

Child Focus Foster Care Offices

Hamilton County Foster Care
4411 Montgomery Road Suite 201
Cincinnati, Ohio 45212
513.752.1555

Clermont County Foster Care
4629 Aicholtz Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45244
513.752.1555

Brown County Foster Care
710 N. High Street
Mt. Orab, Ohio 45154
513.752.1555

Click here to complete and submit a Foster Parent Inquiry Form 

Open Foster Parent Classes - Inquire Today!
513.752.1555
beafosterparent@child-focus.org

Who We Serve 

  • Children 
  • Birth Families  
  • Extended Family Members 
  • Foster Families 
  • Adoptive Families
  • Child Welfare Organizations

Children in Care

Child Focus Foster Care serves children who are in the custody of the State of Ohio. As a licensed foster care provider for Ohio children, Child Focus receives care referrals from several county children's protective services agencies in Southwest Ohio. Child Focus serves all children in need of care and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, national origin or sexual orientation. Typically, children needing care range in age from newborn to young adulthood. Our number one priority is to ensure children in care are safe, happy, healthy, educated and well adjusted for success in life.  

Birth Families

Child Focus supports birth family preservation and reunification. Our goal is to ensure children are safe, healthy and emotionally well adjusted. When children must be placed outside their birth family, program staff and foster parents are the primary care and treatment team members responsible for making sure children thrive while they are in care, maintain regular contact and connections with birth family and support the child and birth family to overcome the problems that led to the child's placement in care. 

Foster Families

Child Focus understands that to be a great foster family requires that foster parents are well trained and well supported before, during and after the child's departure from the home. We understand that the better we care for and support our foster parents, the better our foster parent are able to care for the children. Great agencies support great foster parents who provide great care for children.

Adoptive Families

Child Focus supports permanence for all children. The absence of a permanent family is detrimental to healthy child development. It is our position that children are not well-served by lingering in foster care when birth family reunification is not possible. Child Focus supports all foster parents to adopt children in their care who have become legally free for adoption. Our goal is to support permanence for all children.    

Child Welfare Organizations

Child Focus proudly boasts a great reputation in the Ohio child welfare industry. We care about children, families and very deeply about our community partners. Our organizational strength is rooted in building and maintaining collaborative, positive, effective open communication, a culture of compliance and ethics and a servant mentality.   

About Foster Care & Adoption

Be a Foster Parent!

Thank you for your consideration to become a foster parent for children in Southwest, Ohio. Child Focus has been providing exceptional care for children in foster care since 1989. The need for foster and respite parents has never been greater as child well-being has become increasingly compromised by poverty, physical and sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and caregiver mental illness.

Foster Care, the Right Answer for Children!

Foster care is the right answer for children who must be placed outside their birth home while serious family matters are mediated. Foster parents are the every day heroes who give children the gift of safety, security, stability, nurturing and normalcy during this traumatic time in their life.  

Foster Care, the Right Answer for You!

If you are committed to giving the gift of good parenting, then Child Focus Foster Care is the right answer for you! 

Who Can be a Foster Parent?        

Foster parents are ordinary people who choose to help children and families. A foster parent may be any individual in Ohio age 21 or older and includes:  

  • Married Couples 
  • Single People  
  • Partners
  • Empty Nesters
  • Retired People
  • Stay at Home and Working People

Foster parents do not have to be wealthy or live in a large home - they just need to be 100% committed to helping children and families and have the time in their personal lives to give as well as genuine empathy and compassion.    

Types of Foster Parent Certification 

Child Focus certifies Traditional, Therapeutic and Respite Foster Parents for area children ages birth to young adulthood.

Traditional Foster Care

Traditional Foster Parents serve as a temporary family for children to live with until the serious birth family issues are resolved. The goal of foster care is always family reunification and the average length of stay for children is 6-12 months. All children in foster care have a shared experience - they all have experienced abuse, neglect or do not have a parent or relative able to care for them. Children in Traditional Foster Care include infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children and sibling groups.   

Therapeutic Foster Care

Therapeutic Foster Care differs primarily from Traditional Foster Care in that the children served have an identified special care need due to trauma exposure such as domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse, physical or sexual abuse and neglect. Children typically are school age, adolescent and young adult age. In addition to living with a temporary family until the serious birth family issues are resolved, these children are provided a range of mental health services and supports.

Respite Foster Care

Respite Foster Care is short term foster care (1 to 14 days) provided by a licensed foster parent for a child or foster parent who needs respite or a break. Respite providers typically want to help children but may have limitations due to work or personal life schedules.    

Community Programs
Every individual deserves respect. Respect of clients includes honoring all of the Client Rights. We treat each other, clients, stakeholders, and community members with respect.

Parent Education

Services Available

  • Group-Based Parent Education & Training 
  • Home-Based Parent Education & Training
  • Case Management & Consultation Services
  • Supervised Parent Visitation & Consultation

Scope of Parent Education & Training

Parent Bond & Child Attachment  

Parent educators work with caregivers to learn and improve the use of sensitive responding skills, empathy and implement nurturing routines and practices in the home. The overarching goals are improving the quality of the parent-child relationship, reducing parent-child conflict and child behavior problems and reducing child abuse and neglect risk.    

Child Development Education & Training

There is extensive research linking healthy child development to effective parenting. Children thrive when parents provide not only affection, but also respectful communication and listening, consistent rules and expectations, and safe opportunities that promote independence. Successful parenting fosters psychological adjustment, helps children succeed in school, encourages curiosity about the world, and motivates children to achieve.

Discipline Consultation & Training 

Parent educators provide one-on-one consultation to caregivers on age appropriate, non-physical discipline and behavior modification strategies. Parent learn hands-on skills, strategies and discipline techniques to use and replace those that are ineffective and detrimental to the child's health and well-being. 

Educational Support

Parent educators consult with caregivers on implementing developmentally appropriate routines in the home, organization, time management, nutrition and homework and bedtime routines. Parent educators support positive parent-school relationships and provide liaison services to schools as requested. 

Community Resource Access

Parent educators assist caregivers into navigating and accessing community resources to meet basic family needs.

 

Life Skills Group

Life Skills for Youth & Young Adults 

Child Focus offers comprehensive Life Skills training for youth and young adults ages 15 and older. Life Skills training covers a series of structured core competencies designed to prepare youth for a successful transition to adulthood.

Who We Serve

  • At-Risk Youth Ages 15-21
  • Youth in Foster Care, Group Care or Independent Living
  • Youth Involved in Juvenile Court 
  • Youth With Social, Emotional or Mental Health Problems
  • Youth with Developmental Disabilities
  • Pregnant & Parenting Teens

Life Skills training complies with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services requirements and includes a comprehensive life skills assessment and post testing to evaluate skill acquisition.  

Youth benefit by acquiring hard and soft skills, fundamental for success in education, career, community living, self-care and interpersonal relationships. Life Skills is ideally suited for at-risk adolescents and young adults experiencing adjustment difficulties at home, at school or in the community. Staff assist youth to identify and overcome social, emotional and physical barriers that interfere with positive functioning in critical life domains.

Group Format

Life Skills training is conducted in a weekly 2-hour group format. Sessions are incentive-based with youth eligible to earn a stipend for attendance and participation. Content emphasizes the acquisition of hard and soft skills through the facilitation of core content, hands-on practice opportunities, community experiences, journaling, goal setting and peer group process.

Life Skills Series

Book 1: Choices, Education & Career Preparation

Life outcomes result from the choices individuals make. Human behavior is never random or without purpose and it is a complex interaction of thoughts, feelings and actions. All behavior is a choice and all choices are made in an attempt to meet our most basic human needs for survival: power, love, belonging, freedom and fun. Understanding underlying motivations and evaluating potential consequences positions young people to make effective life choices that result in a successful transition to adulthood.

Click Here For A Sample Of The Choices, Education & Career Preparation Workbook.

Book 2: Personal Finance

Developing the ability to make sound financial decisions is an important stepping stone to independence.  Young people transitioning to adulthood must evaluate the basic components involved in managing personal finances.  Personal finance includes banking, budgeting, record keeping, saving, investing, insurance and taxes.  Developing and adhering to a personal budget allows a young adult to prioritize necessary spending and avoid perils of debt.  The financial decisions made in young adulthood lay the foundation for future financial stability.

Click Here For A Sample Of The Personal Finance Workbook.

Book 3: Self-Sufficiency

Self-sufficiency is the ability for young people to draw upon and utilize knowledge, skills and available resources in order to live successfully within the social environment.  Building personal and interpersonal resources as well as overcoming barriers is a fundamental requirement.  Continuing to make informed, effective life choices with regard to housing and other daily living needs contributes to a healthy lifestyle and a successful transition into adulthood.

Click Here To See A Sample Of The Self-Sufficiency Workbook.

Book 4: Self-Care

Self-care involves the effective management of personal health, hygiene and safety.  Effective self-care is critical in preventing or complicating ongoing health problems.  Substance abuse damages your body and your ability to manage important aspects of your life, including school, work and personal relationships.

Click Here For A Sample Of The Self-Care Workbook.

Book 5: Personal Relationships

Personal relationships refer to person to person intimate relationships that are rooted in close association, familiarity and are essential to adulthood. Trust, respect, openness, honesty and successful conflict resolution are the hallmarks of healthy relationships. Family influences and young adulthood relationships form the building blocks for the development of all future relationships. A successful transition to adulthood is dependent on each young person's ability to develop and maintain healthy personal relationships. 

Click Here To Sample The Personal Relationships Workbook.

Referrals for Life Skills

Life Skills Training referrals may be made by contacting Child Focus, Inc. at 513.752.1555 and requesting to speak to an Out of Home Care representative or by submitting a referral to the link below.

CFIreferrals@child-focus.org.

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percentage of foster children meeting school attendance and passing grade requirements

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percentage of children reporting satisfaction with their foster care placement

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percentage of foster parents and children's services staff who report satisfaction

Donation Needs

Children & Family Needs

Children and families served through Child Focus Foster Care and Adoption Programs have multiple and extensive donation and support needs. Critical needs include basic living items that many take for granted including housing, food, clothing, employment and transportation. 

Ways You Can Help

There are many ways you can help support the children and families served in Out of Home Care. The list below highlights some of the most critical donation and support needs for children and families. 

  • Donate money or gift cards for basic needs such as food and clothing
  • Gas cards
  • Donate school supplies and book bags for children
  • Volunteer your time as a mentor, tutor or babysitter  
  • Become a foster parent or respite provider
  • Collect and donate gently used clothing for children and parents
  • Donate cleaning and hygiene supplies
  • Sponsor children and their families for Child Focus Holiday Giving Tree Program
  • Donate family entertainment passes
  • Sponsor participation fees for children's extracurricular sports or arts programs 
  • Encourage friends and family to donate and get involved 

Donate Now

Contact Foster Care and Adoption at 513.752.1555 or Visit the our Donate Page Here.