The process of adoption in Ohio.
Adoption is the process through which a child and parent or parents form a legal parent-child relationship that did not exist before. Most adoptions happen before the child reaches age 18, but Ohio law also allows for adults to be adopted under certain circumstances.
- Stepparent and relative
- Private infant placement – domestic
- Private infant placement – interstate
- Infant placement through a private agency
- Adoption from a public child welfare agency
Our Columbus adoption attorney offer skilled representation and legal guidance to prospective adoptive parents, prospective birth parents – both mothers and fathers, and relatives seeking to adopt children or adults. Our adoption lawyers will guide you through critical steps of the adoption process including; Federal and Ohio adoption tax credits, the negotiation of favorable adoption subsidies for children with special needs, and the development of strategies to connect with birth parents or choose adoptive parents
We certainly understand that the process of adoption can appear daunting but, like most every profession, experience provides wisdom.
Do I need an attorney to do an adoption in Ohio?
Do I need to go through an adoption agency to adopt a baby?
Can my stepparent adopt me if I am an adult?
I have legal custody of my grandchild, niece, or nephew. Can I adopt?
What expenses should I expect to pay with an adoption?
With an adoption from a private agency, you should expect to pay fees to the agency for its services, and that amount can vary widely. There will be fees associated with your home study, supervision of the placement once you have been matched and placed with a child, and medical expenses for the birth mother. You will have adoption attorney fees and court costs associated with finalizing your adoption in the probate court. You may also pay birth mother living expenses, which are limited to $3,000.00 in Ohio.
With a private infant adoption, where no agency is involved, the costs include attorney fees, court costs, the home study fee and post-placement supervision fee, birth mother expenses if applicable, and medical costs.
If you are adopting a child already in your custody, whether through an order of the juvenile court, a probate guardianship, or a stepparent relationship, you should still expect to pay attorney fees, court costs, and fees associated with the home study. The home studies are less rigorous in this context, and therefore usually less expensive than a home study through a private agency or for a private infant adoption.
Our Columbus adoption attorney can help you budget for this process and brainstorm ideas for financial assistance if needed.
Is there financial assistance available to help with adoption costs?
If you are adopting a child from foster care, you may be eligible for a monthly adoption subsidy as well.
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