10 Steps to Adoption
- 36 hours of training, divided into 12, three-hour sessions. Course Descriptions
- We offer seven courses per year, at different times and locations around the county. Training Schedule
- All spouses and live-in partners must attend training, but children are not allowed.
- Training is valid for 12 months.
- Completing training does not certify for foster care or adoption, see below.
- At the first pre-service session, trainers will hand out applications and explain the process.
- You must complete and return the application while attending pre-service.
- When you submit your application and paperwork, one of our support staff will conduct a short interview, notarize your application and take fingerprints for your background check.
- All household members over the age of 18 must have proper ID and be fingerprinted.
The Home Study
- Your home study will begin after you submit your application.
- The study can take four to six months.
- Adoption assessors will interview you several times, and visit your house on multiple occasions.
- Your home must meet safety site regulations and pass a fire inspection.
- You must submit several types of documentation, including health records, income verification, and more as required by the Ohio Administrative Code.
- Once the home study is completed successfully, your family is approved to adopt and may begin the search process.
- An adoption assessor and child protection specialist work together to determine the current and future needs of each child waiting for a home.
- They will then select one or more families who would best meet the long-term needs of each child or sibling group.
- Once selected, your family will meet with the adoption assessor and the child’s case worker, who will share pictures and information about the child.
- You can take this information home and talk to your family about adding a new family member.
- If you wish to proceed, the adoption assessor and child protection specialist will arrange an introductory meeting between you and the child.
- If you decide to continue with the adoption process, the agency will arrange meet and greets between the child’s current foster family and potential adoptive family.
- These meetings are held at both the potential adopter’s home and the child’s current home.
- Your family will visit with the child in increasing time increments, starting at a one-hour visit, building up to a half day, then a full day, and eventually to weekend visits in the home of the new family.
- The big day arrives and the child or children move in and become part of your family.
- Social workers may visit weekly to check in, help with the move, and offer any support, assistance, or services that you or the child need.
- The family, child, and social service worker meet with a Judge or Magistrate to discuss details about the adoption.
- Everyone gets to participate.
- If everyone agrees, the judge will finalize the adoption.
- You and your new child or children are officially and legally a family!
- The agency will continue to offer your new family support services, including training classes, support groups, and referrals to community agencies.