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Notable Public Adoption Statistics for Prospective Parents in Ohio

Each year, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' (DHHS) Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) releases updated statistics on children in foster care and public adoptions. The statistics shed light on some noteworthy trends, and the annual reports are worth reviewing for anyone who is considering or has questions about the benefits of public adoption. 

November is National Adoption Month

Whether you are an adoptee, you have adopted children in your family, you are thinking about adopting, or you are an adoption advocate, taking part in National Adoption Month is a great way to learn more and help raise awareness about the benefits of adoption. The Children's Bureau, a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), has designated November as National Adoption Month, and each year it chooses a specific aspect of adoption to highlight through outreach, social media, and public education.

What is the Difference Between Adoption and Guardianship in Ohio?

Taking personal responsibility for the welfare and enjoyment of another human being is a worthy cause that can be accomplished through two primary means in Ohio: adoption and guardianship. Each has its own legal restrictions and obligations, and each is subject to its own unique set of in-depth processes and procedures.

Recent Efforts By States To Ban The Practice Of "Re-Homing"

Arkansas's Governor recently signed a bill into law that bans the practice known as "re-homing." The term re-homing, also known as "disrupted or non-legalized adoption," refers to the practice of transferring of a child from their legal adoptive parents to unauthorized individuals. This type of adoption usually occurs over the internet and is facilitated on different message sites, on sites such as Yahoo and Craigslist. A significant concern with this type of adoption is the minimal contact that occurs between the current and prospective parents and the fact that the adopted child is traded and treated like a commodity. There is little concern for the well-being of the child who is being adopted.

Things to Know if You are Preparing to Adopt in Ohio

If you are preparing for an adoption, this is a very exciting time! Your family is growing, and your new arrival will be here before you know it. In Ohio, the adoption process can be complicated, but working with an experienced attorney can help make it as seamless and painless as possible. Before you get too far along, here are some important things to know about your options and the rules that apply to Ohio adoptions.

New Law Goes Into Effect That Opens Up Thousands of Adoption Records

Last month, a 2013 law finally took effect that allows hundreds of thousands of adoptees and their families to gain access to their adoption records and original birth records. In December 2013, Gov. John Kasich signed Ohio Senate Bill 23 into law, which amended state law governing records of adoptions that were finalized between Jan. 1, 1964, and Sept. 18, 1996. Despite being passed more than a year ago, there was a one-year waiting period before adoption records could be requested under the new law. Effective March 20, 2015, adoption records that were previously off limits can now be requested.

Overview of Adopting a Child in Ohio

Every year, there are approximately 2,500 children waiting to be adopted in Ohio. Adoptive parents are no longer limited to a married couple. Rather, adoption can involve many different types of people, including single individuals, grandparents, foster parents, siblings, or other relatives. For those interested in adoption, there are several different methods for adopting. These include domestic public or private adoption, foreign adoption, stepparent adoption, and open adoption. The method of adoption that is best for each family will depend on each family's needs and circumstances.

Considerations in International Adoptions

For a family looking to adopt a child, there are variety of different options available, including domestic public or private adoption, stepparent adoption, and open adoption. In an Ohio public adoption, a child has been removed from the biological parents for various reasons and is under the care of the county. In a private adoption, the child is not under the county's custody and can involve a direct agreement between the birth mother and the adoptive parents. Or, private adoption may involve the use of an intermediary, such as an adoption agency, to facilitate the adoption process.

Consent to Adoption Under Ohio Law

Consent to adoption "refers to the agreement by a parent, or a person or agency acting in place of a parent, to relinquish a child for adoption and release all rights and duties with respect to that child." Each state has different regulations governing consent to adoption. Under Ohio Law, unless an exception applies, a petition to adopt a minor may be granted only if consent is provided.

Use of Advertisers and Facilitators During the Adoption Process

When a family decides to adopt a child, there are generally two options to complete this process. One is to use the services of a child adoption agency. Ohio has numerous adoption agencies located throughout the state. A list of agencies can be accessed from the Public Children Services Association of Ohio here.

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