Alliance Human Services Ohio

Alliance Human Services, Inc. has been providing specialized foster care in Ohio since 1999. Along with our sub-contractor, Ohio MENTOR, we strive to provide excellent care for our children, youth and families in need in partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and local governmental agencies. We are currently providing foster care services to over 150 children and youth in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Stark, Franklin, Hamilton, Preble, Columbiana, Tuscarawas, Geauga, and Licking.

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Foster Care FAQ:

What is Alliance Human Services?
Alliance Human Services, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides foster care services to children and at-risk youth who have emotional or behavioral disorders, developmental disabilities, are medically fragile, or are in the juvenile justice system. Most often the children we serve have been served unsuccessfully in homes by other agencies, or come from more restrictive settings such as detention centers or residential facilities.

The most important aspect of Alliance host-home program is the matching and placing of an individual in the home of a trained foster parent. Here, under the specialized care of a multi-disciplinary team and the close support and supervision of a foster parent, the individual receives active support services to live a full and healthy life.

Who are foster parents?
Foster parents are men and women, 21 years of age or older, who provide individualized supports and services in their own home and community. Foster parents become trusted guides, tutors, and advocates for the individuals with whom they live. They are offered opportunities for skill development specific to the needs of the individuals with whom they will be working.

Who is the Clinical Coordinator?
A Clinical Coordinator is a professional, such as a licensed social worker, who, in combination with a foster parent, forms the core of Alliance. The Clinical Coordinator provides oversight and guidance to the team and works with the other key people involved with the individualís program.

Who is part of the Individual Service Planning Team?
The multi-disciplinary team supporting the child includes the foster parent, the Clinical Coordinator, referring agency case managers, other community professionals as well as the biological family, when appropriate. All services to be provided by the foster parent are clearly specified in the Individual Service Plan developed by this team. The foster parent is an active member of the team and is a primary service provider, working with the support of the professional staff.

Who are the individuals to whom Alliance provides services?
Alliance serves a wide range of children in need of residential services. Currently, Alliance serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges, children and adolescents with complex medical needs, individuals with mental retardation/developmental disabilities, and individuals in the juvenile justice system.

Where do the people Alliance serves come from?

Individuals are referred to Alliance from state and county agencies. Individuals may have previously lived in state institutions, large group homes, hospitals, their own homes, and long-term care facilities.

What are the standards on which I am judged to be qualified?
Persons interested in becoming a foster parent are required to meet Allianceís prerequisites for service, as well as any licensing and certification requirements of the state and/or funding source. The Recruiter conducts an extensive home study with fire safety and health inspections to ensure that the home meets all of Allianceís standards and all state and local licensing requirements. Additionally, Alliance conducts an FBI fingerprint background check and a criminal background check of every adult member (18 years of age or older) in the candidateís household. Employment references as well as personal references are also reviewed. All household members must submit a current medical report.

What type of emergency procedures or backup do I have in case of a crisis?
Every program in Alliance has specified procedures regarding emergency situations. A 24-hour on-call system is operational in all programs. Alliance will provide guidance on the use of these procedures.

What is my liability in caring for an individual?
Alliance carries professional liability insurance to cover itself against claims arising from incidents that occur while an individual is receiving our services. Subject to the exclusions and qualifications set forth in the policy, this coverage can be extended to staff, agents and contractors, (a foster parent is an independent contractor to the company), at the company's sole discretion. It is required that all foster parents carry their own property insurance with appropriate levels of coverage.

How am I paid and what is my tax liability?
Foster parents are independent contractors who are not employees of Alliance. Foster parents are self-employed individuals who contract with Alliance and are paid on a per-diem basis and have no payroll taxes deducted from their checks. Rates of reimbursement are established prior to each placement and are specified in the placement agreement. Foster parents are paid twice a month. As self-employed individuals, foster parents may be liable for their own federal and state income taxes. We recommend that foster parents consult with an accountant or attorney concerning any questions they may have regarding tax laws or their tax obligations.

Do I have any say in which individual will be living in my home?
The matching of an individual with a foster parent is an important process that involves the Program Manager, Coordinator, Recruiter and other program staff. The particular preferences and abilities of the foster parent are considered when making the match. Once a potential match is identified, the Coordinator or Recruiter presents the facts of the case to the foster parent. The foster parent has the right, at this point, to decline to work with a particular individual and to be considered for a later match.

What information is provided to me about the individual with whom I will be working?
Prior to placement, the Coordinator reviews the case record and pertinent information with the foster parent. As part of the individual planning team, the foster parent is provided with all available information necessary to formulate and implement an effective Individual Service Plan.

What are my daily responsibilities to the individual in my care?
The primary responsibility of a foster parent is to implement the Individual Service Plan for the person in his or her care. Since the individual is living in the foster parentís home, the foster parent is responsible to provide basic home care and related responsibilities. Such responsibilities include providing nutritional meals, providing transportation to appointments and recreational activities, and providing access to religious services if necessary.

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Ohio

Offices:

9800 Rockside Road, Suite 800
Valley View, OH 44125 | Location Map
Telephone: 216-525-1885

6555 Busch Blvd., Suite 108
Columbus, OH 43229 | Location Map
Telephone: 614-885-0920

4801 Dressler Road NW, Suite 146
Canton, OH 44718 | Location Map
Telephone: 330-491-4331

36 East Hollister St.
Cincinnati, OH 45219 | Location Map
Telephone: 513-381-3700

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