In Ohio

Mary Fredrich’s heart has been heavy for orphans since she was 13 years old. She always knew that she’d be involved in changing lives for orphans, but she never imagined how much her life would change in the process.


Ohio Adoption Overview

If you’re adopting a child and live in Ohio, you might know that you are required to have a social worker complete a home study prior to beginning the adoption, and post-placement reports once your child is home. All God’s Children International is licensed to provide your home study or post-placement reports—regardless of whether you are adopting through AGCI! To date, AGCI has helped unite over 390 children with their families in Ohio. We’d be happy to do the same for you.

Through our partnership with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (DJFS), we facilitate adoption services for children currently in the Ohio foster care system. Families adopting through AGCI’s Ohio Adoption program are able to begin their adoption process immediately and also have access to our extensive support services that begin through advocacy to be matched with your child and extends to support throughout your child’s life.

The State of Ohio cares for hundreds of foster children and many of these children are now waiting to be placed into permanent adoptive families. Prospective adoptive families are able to inquire about the child(ren) they are interested in and would like to request more information about.

  • Most children available for adoption are between the ages of 6 months to 17 years old.
  • Waiting children come from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds.
  • Many sibling groups are also waiting for a forever family.
  • Families interested in adopting a child from this program must be open to adopting a child up to at least the age of 3.
  • Families with an approved home study have access to the “database” and are able to view waiting children.
  • Timeframe: 12 to 24+ months. Timeframe is from finalized home study through placement. Timeframes are dependent on family’s openness to medical conditions, gender, and age of child.
  • Complete a FREE Pre-App to speak with an Adoption Advisor.
“It was so great working with AGCI and our amazing social worker through each and every step along the way. Our lives have been beyond blessed by our four wonderful, talented, and beautiful children! Lord, thank you for the miracle of adoption and the privilege to raise up these children of yours.”
– Hannah Couch, Adoptive Mom


Age of Parents

Parents between the ages of 25 and 49 are welcome to adopt.

Marital Status

Married couples and single women may apply to adopt. Couples must be married for at least one year prior to beginning the adoption process. Couples with a history of divorce (maximum of two per spouse), must be married for at least two years.

Children in Family

Families with no more than five fostered, adopted or biological children or young adults living in the home are welcome to adopt from the Ohio Adoption Program.


Families interested in adopting a child must have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.

Criminal History

All criminal history is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants interested in adopting a child cannot have a history of felonies.

Medical History

All medical or mental health conditions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Applicants cannot have a past or current diagnosis of a communicable and/or life-threatening disease or other condition that impairs their ability to parent and/or the quality of life of a child.


The approximate cost to adopt from the Ohio foster care system is $9,350. Home study and post placement service fees will vary.

There are so many ways to fund your adoption! You can learn more about AGCI specific grants, adoption loans, and employee benefits and more on our How to Fund Page!


Application: $400 This non-refundable fee covers the cost of a review of your application to confirm your eligibility for your program.

Agency & Program Fees: $4,750 The agency fee covers AGCI’s cost to facilitate your adoption with agency and government officials. Processing expenses for AGCI include, but are not limited to, personnel costs, administrative overhead, operational costs, staff training and education, state, and federal licensing and accreditations, communications and insurance. These fees are paid at two separate times: $2,500 at orientation, and $2,250 at committee match.


Home Study Services: $2,500 These fees cover our services in preparing and completing your adoption home study.

Social Worker Expenses: $15/hour. The adoptive parent is also responsible for all food, lodging, and other travel expenses.

Home Study Update/Addendum/Program Transfer Conversion: With visit: $900. Without visit: $200-400.

Post Placement Fees:  $1,200* minimum. Post placement visits may vary.  Post placement visits must occur at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months.  They may occur monthly and will be required through finalization.

Subsequent Home Study fee (after 18 months): $2,000

DJFS requires home study to be current within the year at time of committee.

Expedite Fees: Home Study: $100-300.


Adoptive Parent Home Study Education: $300

Adoptive Parent Referral Education: 

Total Cost: 
The approximate cost to adopt from the United States Ohio program is $9,400. Cost does not include as needed or travel expenses.

Fee Disclosure:
 All fees paid to AGCI are paid in advance of service. AGCI fees are non-refundable and may not be waived. If services are terminated and a refund is due, all refunds will be processed within 60 days of withdrawal and/or closure of the adoption file upon receiving the Adoption Termination Contract.

“Don’t let the fear of what ifs and unknowns stop you from doing what you know the Lord has put on your heart. The Lord meets our needs. He will fulfill and sustain us even in our most desperate and darkest times.”
— Mary and Ryan Fredrich, AGCI Adoptive Parents


Each family’s time frame for an adoption is unknown as the DHS determines if a family is chosen to parent a child.
Complete home study process.
Once the home study is approved, your family will receive access to the State of Ohio’s database. Families may receive updates on children available for adoption. You may also make a request to your case manager to be considered as an adoptive family for children available for adoption.
Families may be selected for a child by an adoption committee or through a review by the child’s state caseworker.
Once your family is chosen by the adoption committee/review, placement of the child in your home will happen in approximately two to eight weeks.
Welcome home! Upon placement of the child in your home, post-placement visits are required within 30 days & quarterly for a minimum of 6 months and/or until the adoption is finalized.