New Foster Parent Pre-Placement and Continuing Training Rules Going Into Effect

In 2020, Ohio House Bill 8, (HB 8) which authorized the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) to re-design foster parent training curriculum and hour requirements, became law.


Since then, ODJFS has been drafting administrative code language to implement these changes and on November 2, OAC rules 5101:2-5-33 and 5101:2-5-38 were final filed with the state.


OAC 5101:2-5-33: Foster Caregiver Preplacement and Continuing Training provides guidance on the training requirements of a foster caregiver. Changes in this rule will:

  • Lower the pre-service training hour requirement to 24 hours.

  • Lower the ongoing family foster parent training requirement to 30 hours

  • Lower the ongoing treatment foster parent training requirement to 45 hours.

  • Continue to mandate 18 pre-service training topics, although they have been altered.

  • Mandate 11 training topics in the first certification period, which is called “Resource Readiness”.

  • Allow for 100% of training to be completed via live-synchronous training.

  • Allow for training outside of the classroom to count as one-half of all required continuing training hours.

OAC 5101:2-5-38: Payment of foster caregiver training stipends; reimbursement of training allowances to recommending agencies provides guidance to agencies on agency payment and reimbursement for foster caregiver stipends and training allowances. Changes in this rule will:

  • Lower the reimbursement of pre-service training to 24 hours.

  • Lower the reimbursement of ongoing family foster parent training to 30 hours

  • Lower the reimbursement of ongoing treatment foster parent training to 45 hours.

  • Increase training stipends to $15 for families and reimbursement for agencies to $20.

All of these changes will take effect beginning in January, 2023. How do you feel about these changes? Is your agency prepared for January? Contact Kate.Rossman@ohiochildrensalliance.org with any questions or feedback.