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Foster Care Program
Mid-Western Children's Home (MCH) is a private agency licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. MCH seeks to provide stable and nurturing substitute care arrangements for youth requiring out-of-home care for various reasons. To this end MCH operates family foster homes as well as treatment foster homes. Agency offices along with the group home program are located in a rural area one hour northeast of Cincinnati.
Foster care programs serve children ages 0-18. Children served are mildly to moderately emotionally disturbed, mildly mentally challenged, neglected/dependent, learning disabled, and children who are unruly or delinquent or who otherwise are unable to function in their own homes and communities.
Referrals are accepted from Juvenile courts, local county O.D.J.F.S. or other agencies or institutions.
Programming is not well suited for children who are psychotic, who demonstrate extreme acting out behavior, who are sex offenders, and who are actively chemically dependent.
Treatment tools may include milieu therapy, work readiness services, and individual, group, and family counseling. Although theoretical orientations of staff tend to be eclectic, Reality Therapy and Behavior Modification techniques are used more often. An individualized Service Plan or Case Plan emphasizing goal attainment is developed for each child/family at intake.
The foster care program includes close professional and/or supportive service for foster families and foster children to ensure a stable placement and attainment of Service Plan goals.
Children in the foster care program attend school on grounds or at local public schools. LD classes, DH classes, and CD placement are available through the local schools. Mid-Western has its own Therapeutic Education Service Center which serves high risk youth (SED Services) from grades 5-11. Children in foster care may attend this program, but this is limited to those that transportation can be arranged.
Foster care costs are variable depending on the level of care of the foster home as well as other variables. Please contact the foster care coodinator for further information.