Foster Parenting

Ottawa County DJFS would like to thank you for your interest in becoming a Foster to Adopt Parent! We at Ottawa County DJFS are very excited to work with you on building better families and strengthening our community.


Part of becoming a licensed foster to adopt home is completing 36 hours of pre-service training. No classes being offered this quarter in Ottawa County? NO problem! Regardless of where you live in the state of Ohio, you can take pre-service classes in ANY Ohio county! Training classes are valid for 1 year, so if you cannot complete them all in one training quarter, it’s ok! We also recommend you take pre-service training classes in sequential order, however, if that is not possible you may take the classes out of order just as long as you complete all 36 hours.

Ottawa County is partnering with Children’s Keeper, a local agency lead by current foster parents, to walk you through the decision and process of becoming a foster parent. Please contact Nate Koenig at (419)973-7653 or at

You can also call us at (419)707-8656 to request an application packet to become a licensed foster home or foster to adopt home.