To help ensure that there are enough foster and adoptive families in Lucas County for all of the children who need them, Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is inviting couples and single adults to attend one of two training sessions scheduled this fall.
The agency is offering a Tuesday–Thursday session that runs between Sept. 4 and Oct. 11 from 6 to 9 p.m., as well as a series of Saturday classes that run Oct. 13 through Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To register for the classes, which are required for anyone seeking to become a foster or adoptive parent, call 419-213-3336 or visit www.lucaskids.net.
The agency needs adults and families who can provide loving and stable homes for babies, young children and groups of three or more brothers and sisters.
To qualify to become a foster or adoptive parent, applicants:
• Must be at least 18 years of age to adopt; 21 to become a foster parent;
• Can be married or single;
• Can own or rent their home;
• Can work outside the home;
• Don’t have to earn a lot of money, just enough to support themselves;
• Need a home safety inspection;
• Must agree to a background check;
• Receive free training;
• Receive financial support, based on their child(ren)’s needs.
The mission of Lucas County Children Services is to lead the community in the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect. The agency works with families, service providers and community members to assess risk and coordinate community-based services resulting in safe, stable and permanent families for children.