Homes For Kids, Inc. was established in 1990 as a Non-Profit Treatment Foster Care agency headquartered in Niles, Ohio. The goals of the founding board members were to establish an agency that would provide Treatment Foster Care Services to local Children Services Boards in a fashion that promoted the utilization of comprehensive mental health services, minimal placements per home, and extensive support to foster caregivers. Over the years, Homes For Kids established a solid base of treatment foster homes in Mahoning, Trumbull, and Columbiana Counties while expanding its services to include the provision of Community Based Mental Health Treatment to not only children placed in our foster homes, but children residing in their own homes throughout the community.
Homes For Kids was certified by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services in March of 1990 to recommend Family Foster Homes for Certification and in April of 2003 to recommend Treatment Foster Homes for Certification. In April 2002, Homes For Kids was certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health as a Community Mental Health agency to provide the following mental health services: Mental Health Assessment, Behavioral Health Counseling and Therapy Service, and Community Psychiatric Supportive Treatment (CPST) Case Management. Subsequently, we obtained a contract with Trumbull County Mental Health and Recovery Board as a Medicaid provider, and are reimbursed by Medicaid to provide the above mental health services. With our emergence as a mental health service provider, we launched our mental health department under the moniker, Child and Family Solutions. In 2009, Homes For Kids was certified as the only Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care Agency in the State of Ohio through TFC Consultants, Inc. in Eugene Oregon.
Homes For Kids exists as a community presence in the Mahoning Valley. Currently, the organization has collaborative relationships with the local acute psychiatric hospital, children’s hospital, psychiatrists, psychologists, and community based drug and alcohol treatment facilities. Approximately eighty percent of our service population is linked to one or more of these services from another local provider. Last fiscal year we served 1,100 children in the Mahoning Valley with either behavioral health or foster care services. Based on current community needs and referral trends we are anticipating serving 10% more children this fiscal year than last.