If you are looking for information about adopting in Cleveland, Ohio, you have come to the right place.
Here you will find a comprehensive list of resources for biological and prospective parents. Questions? Call (855) 522-5569 for a free consultation.
When preparing for an adoption, the more information you have, the more confident you can feel throughout the process. At Laubacher & Co., our Cleveland family law attorneys provide experienced legal representation for all aspects of domestic and international adoptions. We encourage you to use the resources linked below to learn more about the adoption process in Ohio; and, whether you are preparing to adopt or simply have questions about the process, we invite you to contact us for a free and confidential consultation.
Useful Resources for Individuals and Couples Considering Adoption in Ohio
Adoption Agency Directory
The Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO) has published a directory of public children services agencies in Cuyahoga County and throughout Ohio. Along with its Adoption Agency Directory, the PCSAO’s website provides information about programs and events, state adoption laws and rules, and adoption advocacy.
Adoption Circle is a not-for-profit, state-licensed agency. Its website provides a wealth of information for pregnant women as well as individuals and families seeking to adopt in Ohio.
Adoptive Families is a national publication that provides articles and resources covering all aspects of domestic and international adoptions. From considering your options and building your team to preparing for your home study and talking to your child, the magazine has information for parents at all stages of the adoption process.
Adoption Subsidies Guide
The Adoption Subsidies Guide is a publication of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. This 16-page pamphlet includes information about Title IV-E adoption assistance programs, state adoption subsidy programs, and the process for appealing decisions regarding denial of subsidies.
American Adoptions – Adoption in Cleveland, OH
American Adoptions is a national adoption agency that works with prospective parents in Cleveland, Ohio. Its website includes information about local agencies for domestic adoptions, foster care adoptions in Cleveland, home study professionals, and links to the local adoption courts.
Case Western Reserve University | Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland has published a list of links to adoption resources online. This includes links to private and government resources, Ohio adoption laws, and European Adoption Consultants, Inc., which is an international adoption agency approved by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
The Child Welfare Information Gateway is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its free online resources include fact sheets on starting the adoption process and the impact of adoption, information about how to adopt and parenting after adoption, and state-specific adoption information.
Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Adoption Program
The Cleveland Clinic’s Pediatric Adoption Program provides, “comprehensive pediatric care for children adopted here in the United States and abroad.” Its services include pre-adoption and post-adoption consultations, ongoing primary care, multidisciplinary evaluations, and assistance with academic and behavior issues.
Cuyahoga County Probate Court
The Cuyahoga County Probate Court is where adoptive parents go to finalize the adoption process. The level of court involvement varies for agency, independent, step-parent, interstate and foreign adoptions, and the Cuyahoga County Probate Court’s website provides brief summaries of the court’s role in each type of adoption. It’s website also includes answers to frequently-asked questions (FAQs) about Ohio adoption law and the probate court process.
Cuyahoga County, Ohio Division Children and Family Services
The Division Children and Family Services is the local agency responsible for protecting abused and neglected children in Cuyahoga County. It assists families with adoptions by, “facilitate[ing] various aspects of the adoption process . . . [including] prepar[ing] the child to accept a new family and facilitate their move into a new home. The Adoption Department recruits, screens, develops and prepares a pool of adoptive homes for children who have been permanently separated from their families. In addition, adoption staff identifies and selects families who can meet the best interests and unique needs of each individual child.”
Cuyahoga Factbook from PCSAO
Published by the Public Children Services Association of Ohio, the Cuyahoga Factbook provides statistics on everything from court wait times to total placement costs.
North American Council on Adoptable Children
The North American Council on Adoptable Children is a, “go-to source for advice on parenting children in adoption and foster care, information on adoption assistance and the US adoption tax credit, enhancing adoption practice, training for parents and professionals, and more.” Its website provides information on the adoption process, access to parenting groups, fact sheets and data, and educational resources.
Ohio Adoption Records
Adoption records are available to certain individuals through the Ohio Department of Health’s website. Individuals seeking to obtain adoption records (or seeking to protect their adoption records) can download the necessary forms or contact the Department of Health for additional information.
Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies
Founded in 1973, the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA) is the state’s oldest statewide child advocacy organization. According to its website, OACCA, “work[s] closely with state government officials, including leaders at ODJFS, OMHAS, the Governor’s office, General Assembly, and officials at the county and federal levels,” in order to promote adoption as a means to providing safe and healthy homes for children in need.
Ohio Family Care Association
The Ohio Family Care Association is a not-for-profit organization that works with biological and adoptive parents to help ensure the welfare of children in Ohio’s foster care system and those who are adopted into permanent homes. The adoption section of its website includes information about financial subsidies available to adoptive parents, including the Adoption Assistance Program, the State Adoption Subsidy Program, the Interstate Compact on Adoption and Medical Assistance Program, and the Post Adoption Special Services Subsidy Program (PASS).
Ohio Foster Care Fact Sheet
If you are thinking about adopting a child out of foster care, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services’ Foster Care Fact Sheet provides an overview of the Ohio foster care system and the steps involved in transitioning a child from a foster family to a permanent home.
Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3107: Adoption
Ohio’s adoption laws appear in Chapter 3107 of the Ohio Revised Code, which is available through Ohio.gov. Here you can find information about who is eligible to adopt, the legal requirements for arranging adoptions, home study requirements, and much more.
The Ohio Adoption Photolisting Website
Endorsed by the Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Adoption Photolisting Website provides information about children who are waiting to be adopted in Ohio as well as additional resources and answers to frequently-asked questions (FAQs) about adoption.
Speak with a Cleveland Adoption Lawyer for Free
The attorneys at Laubacher & Co. provide experienced legal representation and straightforward advice for individuals and families seeking to adopt in Ohio. We offer free initial consultations, and evening and weekend appointments are available. If you would like to speak with an adoption lawyer at our law offices in Cleveland, please call (855) 522-5569 or request an appointment online today.