Foster Care & Adoption

What is Foster Care?

Becoming a foster parent is a very special decision to make. It is not a job—it is a way to provide outreach in the community, and help youth through the many difficult challenges of developing and maturing into young adults. The foster care program at Applewood Centers provides homes to youth of all ages who have behavioral and/or mental health issues. Unfortunately, many come from situations where there was neglect, abuse, and unsafe environments. As a result, the foster youth in our program are in need of adults to show they care and provide guidance, support, and love.

Respite Foster Care

A respite foster parent is a licensed foster parent who only takes part-time or emergency placements. The application, home study and training process is the same, however instead of being on a full-time resource families list, you are placed on a respite resource list. This is a great way to explore foster care or support foster families by providing them with a break. Additionally, it provides an opportunity to support a youth in their time of need.

Training & Support

At Applewood Centers we recognize that becoming a foster family or adoptive parent takes a community effort. We take pride in providing the tools and support needed for our parents to be successful caregivers and offer the following:

  • Monthly stipend to support the foster youth in your home
  • Ongoing training
  • In-home support for caregivers and youth
  • 24-hour a day on call service
  • Priority access to counseling and Psychiatry services at Applewood
  • Foster parent support group, social events, and educational seminars

Adopting a Foster Youth

Foster care is a temporary placement of a youth into a foster home in order to allow the biological parents time to fix problems that caused their child(ren) to be placed in foster care. Although reunification is the goal, it is not always possible. In these cases, the youth may be adopted. Many Applewood Centers foster parents have adopted children who were previous foster youth in their homes. We guide you through the process of providing a youth a forever home.

How to Become an Applewood Foster Parent

  • Contact Kristine Harris, Applewood Centers Foster Care Assessor, at 216-696-6815
  • Schedule an appointment for orientation
  • Complete an application and background check
  • Attend 36 hours of trauma-focused parental training classes
  • Participate in Home Study interviews (conversations designed to get to know you and your family better)


  • Must be at least 18 years of age, in good health, and maintain sufficient income to meet the needs of your household
  • May be single or married
  • May live in a house or apartment (own or rent)
  • Must have sufficient bedroom space (at least 2 bedrooms)
  • Must have reliable transportation

Foster Parent Forms

How to Make a Referral

To make a referral or obtain additional information about how our services might be beneficial for someone you know, please call us at the number below. Our professionals will talk with you confidentially about your concerns and determine if this program would be a good fit.