Foster at Pathway

How to Become a Foster Parent at Pathway

NEW pre-service training begins June 27th! Foster parents and those who foster-to-adopt 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.

At Pathway, we’ll set you up for success to become a foster parent in Ohio, providing services and resources along the way. Fill out the inquiry form on this page to learn more!

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 in direct placements. 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

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, visit the BRIDGES website.