Be a Foster or Foster-to-Adopt Parent

"I don't want a family, I need one." ~ Pathway Foster Child

Foster parents are ordinary people who are genuinely concerned about the children and families in their community. They are people who want to make a difference and believe that they can impact a child’s life in a positive way. Foster parents provide not only the basic food, clothing and shelter that all children need, but also love, guidance, discipline and stability.

Why choose Pathway?

Pathway Caring for Children’s Therapeutic and Family Foster Care system provides care for children ages 0-18 who are in the custody of Northeast Ohio county agencies or direct placements in. Our caring and trauma-informed staff provide services to help support our foster parents and the children in their care:

  • Onsite pre-service classroom training and ongoing training 

  • 24-hour crisis support from well-trained and experienced staff

  • Case management to promote stability of placement

  • Holiday parties and social events for our foster families throughout the year

  • Mental Health services offered as a wraparound support that addresses any emotional, behavioral, and/or trauma related issues foster youth may be experiencing

  • Respite care provides relief for full-time foster families by allowing the foster child to “visit” at another foster family’s home

  • Pathway Direct Care Mentors (DCMs) offer one-on-one mentoring to foster youth

  • Transitional age programs and skills training for teens

  • A week-long Summer Camp opportunity for foster teens

foster families and foster children
Ohio BRIDGES Program 

Pathway staff and liaisons provide services available through BRIDGES, a post-emancipation support program in Ohio that extends housing and other supportive services to former foster youth. These young adults are eligible to apply and participate at the age of 18, until they reach the age of 21. Our goal is to provide support and sustainable independence to these young men and women.

For more info, please visit the BRIDGES website here:

Pathway Caring for Children

Canton/Administrative Office 

4895 Dressler Rd NW Suite A

Canton, OH 44718

Phone: 330.493.0083

Cleveland Office

25300 Lorain Rd Suite 330

North Olmsted, OH 44070

Phone: 440.586.8202

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Toll Free: 1.800.838.7284



Pathway is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Pathway is funded in part by United Way of Greater Stark County, and is a Stark Mental Health Addiction Recovery provider Pathway is also a member of the Ohio Children’s Alliance.

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