ADOPT FROM THE UNITED STATES
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.

How to Adopt In The United States—Ohio

Program Overview       Eligibility        Fees        Process      Apply

OHIO ADOPTION OVERVIEW

AGCI provides Ohio adoptions for families currently living in Ohio. 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 matching. Timeframes are dependent on family’s openness to medical conditions, gender, and age of child.
  • Complete a FREE Pre-App to view waiting children.
“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

Who is Eligible to Adopt In Ohio?

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.

Income

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.

How Much Does It Cost to Adopt in Ohio?

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

It’s important to keep in mind that tax credits are available! To learn more about adoption tax credits, grants, and how to fund your adoption, schedule an appointment with our Financial Expert.

Additionally, 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!

AGENCY FEES

Application: $350
 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 $2,000 at committee match.

HOME STUDY AND POST-ADOPTION


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

Social Worker Expenses: $15/hour after 2nd hour of round trip travel. These fees may be paid for travel outside the 40 mile round trip service area. 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.

THIRD PARTY EXPENSES

Adoptive Parent Home Study Education: $300

Adoptive Parent Referral Education: $600

Total Cost: The approximate cost to adopt from the Ohio program is $9,350.  Cost does not include lodging and other fees associated with travel.

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

How To Adopt A Child In Ohio

Each family’s time frame for an adoption is unknown as the DJFS determines if a family is chosen to parent a child.

STEP ONE

Complete home study process.

STEP TWO

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.

STEP THREE

Families may be selected for a child by an adoption committee or through a review by the child’s state caseworker.

STEP FOUR

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.

STEP FIVE

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.

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ADOPTING FROM OHIO!