Adoption Facts

What is Adoption?
Adoption is the method by which adults become legal parents not born to them.

Who Can Adopt?
Adoptive parents can be:

  • Single or married
  • Homeowners or renters
  • With or without children
  • Parents who work outside the home
  • You need to be over 21 years of age, and if you are married, you need to have been married for at least one year.

How Long Does It Take?
The time spent in learning about and preparing for adoption varies.  On the average it can take three to six months.  How soon a child is placed with you can also depend on the age, sex or health needs of the child you want.

Is Financial Assistance Available?
Yes, almost all of the “Special Needs” children will be eligible for a subsidy.  Financial assistance is based on the child’s background and needs.  Most children are also eligible for medical coverage through Ohio Medicaid.

How Can I get More Information?
Call Shelby County Job and Family Services at:

937-498-4981

and ask to speak to the Foster Care/Adoption Worker. 

We will be glad to answer any questions you may have and send you more information.


What Are The Step By Step Procedures To Adopt a Child?
The following steps generally occur once you have decided to consider adoption:

  • A social worker will be assigned to work with you during the adoption process.
  • The social worker will meet individually with the prospective adoptive parents to talk with you about adoption and provide information covering such things as child discipline, guidance, etc.  Time will be spent talking about you and your family, and you will also have an opportunity to talk about the type of child you think would best fit into your family.
  • While being prepared for adoption, you will be involved in a home study process.
  • After the home study is complete, you and the worker will be ready to determine which child would best fit your family.
  • After you are matched with a child, pre-placement visits will begin.
  • When the planned visits are completed and both you and the child are ready to proceed, arrangements are made for the actual move of the child into your home.
  • Generally the adoption can be finalized about six months to one year after a child is placed with you.  The Social Worker will be talking with you and visiting regularly during this period.  Then you will go to court, where a judge will declare the child to be a permanent member of your family.
 
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