​Foster Care for Children

The Ohio Revised Code contains language detailing the process for determining how County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD) services will be delivered when a foster child receiving services, or needing assessment to receive services, is placed in another county by a Public Children Services Agency (PCSA).

Here is a summary of the process:

  1. When the PCSA makes an out-of-county placement of a foster child who is currently receiving services from a County Board, or needs an assessment of eligibility for services from a County Board, the PCSA must immediately notify the County Board of the receiving county when the placement occurs.
  2. Upon receiving notice of the placement from the PCSA, the County Board of the receiving county must notify the home County Board.
  3. Within 10 days of the foster child's placement, the receiving County Board and the home County Board must determine how services for the foster child will be provided in accordance with each Board's plan and priorities.
  4. If the County Boards cannot reach an agreement, the receiving County Board must notify DODD of the boards' failure to agree.  Within 10 days of receiving such notice, the Department must decide how services will be provided to the foster child.  The Department may decide that one, or both, of the County Boards will provide the services.

Below are links to help agencies obtain contact information when children are placed out-of-county and multi-agency planning must occur.