The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Office for Children and Families (ODJFS) has an online website dedicated to finding homes for waiting children through their Adopt Ohio Child Photo Listing.
Potential adoptive families can also contact an adoption agency to get information about adoption and to find an infant or a younger child whose birth parents are considering placing their child for adoption.
Some agencies work with birth parents by providing counseling and helping to create an adoption plan for their child. Families who choose an agency will have similar requirements to those who adopt children through ODJFS. The requirements include submitting an application, attending training and having a home study completed by a social worker. Requirements for the home study include personal interviews, description of the home environment, references from friends and family, a health report, a financial report, a criminal record check, letters from employers, autobiographies and additional paperwork that may be requested.
Families who want to adopt a child internationally will have the same requirements plus any additional requirements that the country has for adoptions to take place. International Adoption requires that the adoptive parents submit the I-600A form, if they have not yet identified the child, but they do plan on adopting a foreign born child. This form is called "Application for Advance Processing of Orphan Petition". When the family has found the child and they are close to finalizing the adoption, they will then need to fill out the I-600 form called "Petition to Classify an Orphan as an Immediate Relative".
Embryo Adoption is also an option, but should be considered and looked into thoroughly. There are legal, ethical, psychological and other personal issues that need to be fully researched prior to choosing to adopt a frozen embryo. This type of adoption also requires a home study and additional paperwork to be completed, submitted and signed.
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Are you ready to be a parent? There are tens of thousands of children in the United States foster system and many more available children worldwide. There are many children in Ohio who are hoping to be adopted.
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