The purpose and mission of Advantage Family Outreach & Foster Care is to provide quality and positive substitute care. We will serve children in need of a safe, loving and stable home, and also provide therapeutic services to the children based on their needs.
AFOFC is dedicated in the endeavor to provide placement services for the benefit and dignity of Ohio’s children in need. AFOFC will focus on independent living skills and individual educational plans to equip each youth with the resources needed to live a healthy, happy life.
AFOFC believes that every child needs and deserves a safe and stable family in which to grow. We are committed to finding families for children, who for many reasons cannot live with their family of origin.
AFOFC will act as a placement agency for children who are in need of a temporary or long term foster home.
AFOFC is a private, non-profit foster care network which will operate as a Title IV-E approved agency.
AFOFC will specialize in placing children of all ages and races that are in need of a temporary or permanent home. Our goal is to provide homes which are located in numerous counties including Franklin, Knox, Fairfield, Delaware, Wayne and Richland. We will constantly strive to expand our service areas and provide additional homes.
AFOFC will offer therapeutic foster homes for children with special needs or children that cannot stay in their biological home.
AFOFC will train foster parents to cope with the intense needs of children who need structure while in substitute care.
AFOFC will offer a foster care program to children in need of specific services. The foster care services will include, but are not limited to, specialized foster care, which includes treatment foster care and emergency foster care, weekend respite foster care, special needs care, sibling foster care, and non-specialized foster care.
Co-parent and single parent homes will provide services statewide. Specialized foster care services will include mental health team involvement, collaborating with local school systems and community resources, transportation to individual and family therapy, medical appointments and monthly evaluation team meetings.
Children being served by AFOFC will include the severely behavior handicapped, learning disabled, developmentally disabled, and physically disabled; also children with attention deficit, and hyperactive disorder. Referrals made for children without any of these disabilities will also be served. Placement referrals will be made from statewide Children Service agencies, Department of Youth Services and Mental Health agencies.
AFOFC will work together with County Children Services and ODJFS to participate in the placement of children.
AFOFC strives to be equipped to deal with the individual needs, the needs of teenagers and hopes to also have foster homes that can accept sex offenders.
AFOFC will employ Licensed Social Workers who are skilled in the special needs of children and adolescents, preferably with past experience in the child welfare field.
AFOFC will train foster parents and staff on an ongoing basis to cope with the intense needs and demands of the children we serve.
We will provide services statewide. Specialized child care services will include mental health team involvement, collaborating with local school systems and community resources, transportation to individual and family therapy, medical appointments and monthly evaluation team meetings.
AFOFC will provide the following services;
- Background investigations, home studies, and recommendation of licensing for approved foster parents to ensure that their home will be a safe and secure place for the child
- We will provide specialized training to families that prepare them to care for children of all ages, races, behaviors, emotional, medical and physical needs
- Mandatory pre-service training to all new families interested in becoming licensed foster caregivers
- Ongoing training for staff and licensed foster families
- Facilitate searches and matches for foster children needing foster placement and/or services
- Ongoing case management services to the children placed, county agencies, and our foster families
- 24-hour emergency on-call services
- Emergency respite homes
- Sibling group placements
- Transportation to out-of-county appointments and visits
- Coordination and referrals for local services
- Foster family support and respite service