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Foster mom and child at holidays

A Home for the Holidays

How to Become a Foster Parent

The greatest gift a child can receive this year is YOU. Learn more about becoming a licensed foster parent with NewPath. Providing a home for the holidays may result in your heart growing three times in size!

All a Child Wants for Christmas is YOU

NewPath Child & Family Solutions (formerly St. Joseph Orphanage) has supported children and families for over 193 years with over 33 years as a foster care agency. The community’s needs have grown over the last several years, and the growing demand for foster parents has become apparent. Thousands of children in foster care need homes. NewPath understands the importance of offering our foster children and families the support and guidance they need. Our services provide care for families and children of all ages with all levels of mental and behavioral health concerns.

As a foster or adoptive parent, you will provide a nurturing, stable home for children who cannot stay with their previous families. You will truly make a difference in their lives by restoring their hope and sense of stability. The most rewarding part of becoming a foster parent is watching children grow, recover, and thrive in your home while their families heal. As an adoptive parent, you become a child’s forever home.

At NewPath, we not only provide services to those that need them most, but we also advocate for the children and families we support and act as a safe place inclusive of all races, genders, and identities. In Ohio, there are currently 16,000 youth in foster care and only 6,000 foster parents.

Becoming a Licensed Foster or Foster-to-Adopt Parent

At NewPath, there is a multi-step process to become a licensed foster or foster-to-adopt parent. As a foster-to-adopt parent, there are additional steps you must complete if you choose to adopt a child placed in your care. It typically takes 3 to 6 months to become a licensed foster parent.


  • Educate yourself about our services, foster children, and the county you live in
  • Make an inquiry with NewPath to learn more about how we can support you
  • Attend orientation and pre-service trainings to help build your parenting toolbox and skillsets
  • Fill out an application
  • Complete a home study
  • Identify and select a child for placement in your home
  • Post-placement check-ins with NewPath to ensure your ongoing experience is the best and most fulfilling it can be
  • Optional Foster-to-Adopt

Open your heart and your home to children who need YOU most. Join us in IGNITING HOPE. CHANGING FUTURES.

Become a Foster Parent

In Ohio, there are currently 16,000 youth in foster care and only 6,000 foster parents. With 32% identifying in the LGBTQIA+ community. Many LGBTQIA+ foster youth struggle to find placement due to their gender identity or sexual orientation. Give the gift of a home for the holidays by becoming an inclusive foster parent. Learn more by filling out the below form or clicking HERE.

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