Hundreds of Ohio children and teens are wishing for one thing...

A home.

Studies show that for the last five consecutive years, there has been an increase in the number of children and teens placed in out-of-home care. Unfortunately, many of them were placed in a facility because there were not enough available foster families. 

You could be their chance.

Take the step to becoming a foster/adoptive parent.

At YAS, we believe that ALL children have the right to be in a safe, secure, family-centered environment. Join our growing network of foster/adoptive parents and change the outcome of a child or teen in need of a home.

Our most successful foster parents are open-minded, dependable, patient, and willing to try different parenting styles for children with different needs. Being flexible, tolerant and demonstrating the ability to work as a member of the child's treatment team are all important qualities for success. 

Could you give a child a chance?

Are you ready?

Becoming a foster/adoptive parent is a a rewarding journey and our team of expert professionals will be with you EVERY step of the way.

YAS will guide you through the application and certification process, clarify misconceptions of foster care/adoption, explain the roles and expectations of everyone involved in the care of a child, and answer the questions you have. You'll also have the opportunity to hear stories from and speak to other foster families, experience different viewpoints, and discover things about your own family dynamic. ​Before and after a child is placed in your home, YAS gives you and your family the tools and training needed to ease the transition, ensure a positive stay, and help the child adjust to life changes.

Support for Foster Families includes:

  • Unparalleled pre-service and continuing education training
  • 24/7 access to a licensed staff member
  • In home therapeutic and case management services
  • A growing network of foster families in Franklin County and surrounding areas
  • Respite services
  • Reimbursement/Financial compensation for children in your care
  • ​And a multitude of other services provided before, during, and after you begin the journey!

Speak with YAS about beginning your journey today

We would be happy to discuss the process with you and answer all of your questions. You can also check out some of our FAQs about becoming a foster/adoptive parent here.

Crystal Gilbert


M-F 9am-5pm

Or feel free to fill out this information request form and our team will contact you.​​

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