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Steps to Adoption
1. Pre-Service Training
36 hours of training, divided into 12, 3 hour sessions.
Classes are offered at a variety of locations/times around the county 7 times per year.
All spouses and live-in partners must attend training, however
children are not allowed
Training is good for 12 months.
Completing training does not certify for foster care/adoption, see below.
2. Application Submission
Applications are distributed and explained during the first Pre-Service session.
Application is to be completed and returned while attending Pre-Service.
When you submit your application and paperwork, one of our support staff will conduct a short interview, notarize your application and take fingerprints for your background check.
All household members over the age of 18 must have proper ID and be fingerprinted.
3. The Home Study
HOME STUDY BEGINS AFTER APPLICATION SUBMISSION.
Can take 4 to 6 months.
You will have a series of interviews and visits from the home study social worker (Adoption Assessor).
We must ensure that safety site regulations are met and a fire inspection conducted.
Many types of documentation, health records and income verifications, for example, must be submitted, according to Ohio Administrative Code.
4. The Approval
Once the home study is completed successfully, the family is approved and the search process can begin.
5. The Matching and Staffing Process
An Adoption Assessor and the child’s social worker will determine the current and future needs of the child waiting for a home.
One or more families will be selected who would best meet the long-term needs of the child(ren).
An introductory meeting will be arranged between the child(ren) and the prospective parents.
The selected family will meet with the Adoption Assessor and the child’s social worker at the agency.
Information and pictures are shared with the family.
The family is given the opportunity take home information and talk to their families about adding a new family member.
7. Pre-Placement Visits
To aid in the transition, meet and greets are arranged between the child’s current family and potential adoptive family.
Meetings are held at both the potential adopter’s home and the child’s current home.
Visits usually increase from 1 hour to half a day, to a full day and eventually to weekend visits in the home of the new family.
8. Moving Day!
The big day arrives and the child(ren) move in with their new family.
Social workers can visit weekly to support the move and offer assistance and/or services.
The family, the child(ren) and the social worker meet with the Judge/Magistrate to discuss details about the adoption.
Everyone gets to participate.
If everyone is in agreement the adoption is finalized.
10. Post Finalization
New families are offered services from the agency such as training classes, support groups and referrals to community agencies.
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