Training for foster parents offered

STEUBENVILLE – The Jefferson County Department of Job and Family Services, Children Services Division, will offer preplacement training sessions for persons interested in becoming foster parents or foster-to-adopt parents.

The preplacement sessions for prospective foster and foster-to-adopt parents will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning March 5 and continuing through April 11. All sessions will be held at the Job and Family Services building located at 125 S. Fifth St. Training sessions are offered at no cost to the public and there is no obligation, according to the agency.

Among other requirements, applicants for the foster or foster-to-adopt program must be age 21 and have income sufficient to meet the current basic needs of their household, according to the agency.

Foster homes are needed for children of all ages, birth to 18, and an applicant can specify the age range and gender of the child for whom they would be willing to provide a home. When a foster child cannot be reunited with family, it is hoped that the foster-to-adopt parent would consider providing a permanent home for the child through adoption, according to children services.

For complete details and class schedule, interested persons can call the agency at (740) 282-0961 and ask for Joan Dohnal, foster care coordinator, at extension 1113, or Tracey Dailey, adoption coordinator, at extension 1112. Information may be found on the agency’s website at under the “Foster Parents” tab.