Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption

What Is Adoption?
Who Are The Children?
Who Can Adopt?
What Are The Step By Step Procedures To Adopting A Child?
How Long Does It Take?
How Much Does It Cost?
Is Financial Assistance Available?
What Is The Availability Of Children?
Expectations?
Foster Care/Adoption
How Can I Get More Information?


What Is Adoption?

Adoption is the method by which adults become legal parents of children not born to them.

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Who Are The Children?

Children available for adoption come into permanent custody of Children Services when a court determines that their birth parents cannot care for their needs.

Children needing families are...

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Who Can Adopt?

Adoptive parents can be:

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What Are The Step By Step Procedures To Adopting a Child?

The following steps generally occur once you have decided to consider adoption:

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How Long Does It Take?

The time spent in learning about and preparing for adoption varies. On the average it can take three to six months. How soon a child is placed with you can also depend on the age, sex or health needs of the child you want.

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How Much Does It Cost?

Children Services imposes no fees for adoption services, however, there are attorney and court fees. Assistance may be available to help with attorney fees and court costs when necessary.

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Is Financial Assistance Available?

Yes, almost all of the "Special Needs" children will be eligible for a subsidy. Financial assistance is based on the child's background and needs. Most children are also eligible for medical coverage through the Ohio Medicaid Program.

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What Is The Availability Of Children?

The availability of healthy white infants and preschoolers is rare across the country, and Allen County is no different. We are currently conducting home studies for white special needs children under the age of 7. We encourage prospective families to consider some of the other wonderful children we have waiting for adoptive homes.

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Expectations?

You will be asked to assess your abilities as a prospective adoptive family. You'll be asked to think seriously about:

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Foster Care/Adoption

All the children available for adoption are currently in some form of foster care setting. This means the parental rights of the child's parents have been terminated, making the child legally free for adoption.

Foster parenting may, under some special circumstances, be an avenue to adoption. Foster parenting can sometimes make it possible for a child to enter your home sooner than if you wait until a particular child becomes available for adoption. In fact, adoptions by former foster parents make up a large percentage of all of Allen County's adoptions.

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How Can I Get More Information?

Call Allen County Children Services at (419) 227-8590 and ask to speak to the Adoption Worker. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have and send you more information. You will be invited to our next orientation meeting for prospective adoptive parents.

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