The second foster house at the Marsh Foundation has recently been remodeled. The foundation is now seeking a live-in foster couple. (Submitted photo)
BY LINDSAY MCCOY
Times Bulletin News Writer
VAN WERT - Marsh Foundation recently remodeled and opened its second foster house on their Van Wert campus on Lincoln Highway and is now in search of a foster family to move into the new facility to care and provide support for youth within a family setting.
"We are looking for a couple that has experience working as foster parents or in a similar capacity such as in a group home setting," said Marsh Foundation Marketing/Public Relations Specialist Dawn Berryman. "We are obviously looking for someone with flexibility who can move. The first home has been in place several years and is going very well."A couple with experience using the Teaching Family Model is also preferable as this is the model used by the foundation. A couple can choose to work in the home as long as possible, but the program is hoping for a long-term family. Because the foundation is a small organization, it offers a lot of great benefits to foster families, including one-on-one consultation, support, training, and a partnership.
The Marsh Foundation Care Division provides supportive, 24-hour on-call consultation and substantial reimbursement to those who qualify. Monetary reimbursement is provided for costs of the children within their care. Up to five children are expected to be cared for within the new home, depending on the children and the couple chosen.
The new foster home is partially furnished and is approximately 6,000 square feet. Additional information for those interested in the opportunity can visit www.marshfoundation.org. Tours of the new facility are also available.
"We are also looking for foster parents in general to work from inside their own home," said Berryman.
The Marsh Foundation, a non-profit children's services agency, has been serving children and families since 1922. It provides behavioral treatment in a variety of settings, and services include group homes, treatment and family foster care, an intensive treatment program, and independent living.
The organization's group homes are licensed for up to 30 children ages 7-17 and offer an on-campus school for grades 2-12. They also provide a variety of clinical services to group home residents, foster children, and community members.