Sanctity of Human Life: Adoption/Foster Care

Here is a link to an information kit done by Focus on the Family: 

http://media.focusonthefamily.com/free-downloads/pdf/Orphan%20Care%20Resource%20Kit.pdf?refcd=142805

Who can adopt?

There are many kinds of adoptive families.  The most important requirement for adoption is that the family must be able to provide a loving, stable and secure family for a growing child.  Adoptive parents:

·       Can be married, single, divorced, or widowed

·       May or may not have other children

·       Must be at least 18 years old

·       Can be renters or home owners

·       Must have a stable income

·       Can have any level of education

How much will it cost to adopt?

When you adopt a child from the State of Ohio you will be charged minimal or no adoption fees related to pre-adoptive training, home studies or placement. There may be expenses related to attorney fees and court costs but these may be reimbursed by the state. Other one-time-only expenses that may be reimbursed are birth certificate fees and travel expenses for visiting the child.

How do agency adoption, independent adoption and intercountry adoption differ?

In an agency adoption, a licensed public or private adoption agency places the child with an adoptive family. The birth parent's parental rights are terminated either by court order or by the filing of a relinquishment. The adoption agency becomes legally responsible for the care, custody and control of the child. The agency studies and approves adoptive applicants before placing a child in their home for adoption, then supervises the placement for six or more months before the court approves the adoption.

In an independent adoption, birth parents choose the prospective parents and place the child directly with them. When making this decision, a birth parent must have personal knowledge of certain facts about the adopting parents. The birth parent placing the child for adoption must receive an advisement of rights, responsibilities, and options from an Adoption Service Provider (ASP). The birth parent must also sign an Independent Adoption Placement Agreement (AD 924), which in 30 days automatically becomes an irrevocable consent to adoption unless revoked within that time.

In an intercountry adoption, prospective parents adopt foreign-born children for whom the federal law makes a special immigration entry visa available. Intercountry adoption includes completion of the adoption in the child's native country or in Ohio.

 

 

Tips on How to Choose an Adoption Agency

Adoption is a lifelong process for parents and children, and it is important to choose an agency that can help you assess your readiness to adopt and has the expertise to help you through the process. Child placement agencies must meet the licensing standards for Child Placement Agencies to provide adoption services in Ohio. A personal evaluation prior to selection of an agency will generally lead to positive results for families. The following points may be helpful in choosing an agency:

1. Learn about adoption and the issues involved

       Read books and articles on adoption

       Attend an adoptive parents’ group

       Talk to other adoptive parents

       Attend agency orientation and information meetings

2. Determine the type of child you are interested in adopting

       Infant or older child

       Domestic or International

       Special needs (emotional problems, mental or physical handicaps) or minimal problems.

3. Contact the agencies and learn about their programs

       Ask about any requirements/restrictions on adoptive parents: length of marriage, age, etc.

       Ask for brochures on their program

       Attend orientation/information meetings

4. Evaluate the agency’s program

       Ask about the steps in the agency’s process such as orientation, application, study, parenting classes and the estimated time frames involved.

       Make sure the agency is licensed; ask when was the last time the agency was visited by a representative from the licensing unit.

       Find out if complaints have been filed against the agency and if so, how they were resolved.

       Find out the staffs’ education, background and experience in adoption.

       Ask about the services the agency gives to birth parents and evaluate the completeness and sensitivity of this work.

       Learn the costs involved for the screening, orientation meeting, home study, supervisory visits, court reports, educational groups, services to and expenses in connection with birth parents in designated adoptions, extra work in connection with interstate placement and other possible expenses.

       Ask about any support groups the agency facilitates and any post finalization services they might offer.

       If possible, talk to other adoptive parents about their experience with the agency.

5. After you have chosen the agency

       Keep in regular contact with the agency but be realistic with the staff’s time.

       If you have a complaint or are dissatisfied, talk honestly to the person with whom you are working and, if this is unsatisfactory, then talk to the director.

 

Local Agencies

Agape for Youth, Inc.

Contact Information: Bruce Bridges, Intake Supervisor

Dayton Office -- 2300 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd., Dayton, OH 45417; 937.439.4406

www.agapeforyouth.com

Agape was founded in 1989 in order to place children into foster homes which could guide and support youth in becoming functioning individuals in society. Over the past 26 years Agape for Youth, Inc. has built a strong reputation in the community as a leader in quality therapeutic foster care. Agape has expanded its services to include family foster care, providing adoption home studies, preparation of families and children for adoption, and supportive services to adoptive families. Our sincere commitment is to accept each youth that comes into our program in a way that they may find viable alternatives to meet the special needs in their life. Also, Agape seeks to demonstrate an acceptance that has no strings attached due to dysfunctional behavior, physical limitation, culture, color, sex, religion or nationalorigin.  Our continued goal is to work as a team together with the child’s biological family, local Children Services, the foster/adoptive parents and the youth to build greater opportunities for development and enrichment.
Service Area: Multiple counties across Ohio

The Bair Foundation

Contact Information: Kristina Hudson – Ohio State Director
3077 Kettering Blvd. Moraine, OH 45439 ;(937) 424-0210; (614) 975-9344; khudson@bair.org
www.bair.org

The Bair Foundation is a non-profit Christian foster care and adoption organization that has successfully provided care for children, teens and families for over 40 years. We have four offices in Ohio and are working to serve children and families in eight different states. The Bair Foundation strives to offer more children and teens safe and permanent homes where they can thrive and grow to love the Lord and be productive adults.

Service Area: Butler, Hamilton, Clermont, Warren, Preble, Montgomery, Greene and Clark. Also servicing central and northeast Ohio.

 

Focus on Youth

Contact Information: Cindy Skinner – Executive Director Diane Brown – Family Resource Specialist;

8904 Brookside Avenue West Chester, OH 45069; (513) 644-1030; cskinner@focusonyouth.com dbrown@focusonyouth.com; www.focusonyouth.com

Focus on Youth, Inc. is a non-profit Christian based foster care and adoption organization. The organization, located in West Chester, Ohio, was founded with the belief that foster parents could be trained to work with the unique needs of youth in care that would help families remain committed to the placement especially when times got tough. Focus on Youth, Inc. is certified to provide family foster care, specialized foster care, and foster to adopt.

Service Area: 100 mile radius of West Chester, Ohio

 

Montgomery County Job and Family Services

Contact Information: Alma Nelson – Supervisor Linda Moenter – Supervisor 3304 N Main Street Dayton, OH 45405 (937) 276-1701 (937) 276-1662 Fax: (937) 276-1852

Montgomery County JFS provides foster care and adoption services, a method by which adults become legal parents of children not born to them. Children awaiting adoption come into permanent custody of Children Services Division when a court determines that their birth parents cannot care for the child's needs and will never be able to. These children may have been abused, neglected or abandoned or have special needs.

Service area: Montgomery County

 

Who can provide foster or respite care?

       A caring spirit, with a desire to help children who have been the victims of abuse and neglect.

       The ability to work as a member of a team serving the needs of a child. The belief that people can learn, grow and change.

       At least one applicant in the home must be able to read, write and speak English or be able to effectively communicate with any child placed in their home and with the recommending agency.

       May be single or legally married.

       Must show the household has an income sufficient to meet the basic needs of the household.

       Must be free of any physical, emotional, or mental condition, which would endanger a child or seriously impair the ability of the foster caregiver or applicant to care for a foster child.

       Must have a medical statement on all household members.

       Must obtain an approved fire inspection.

       Must complete all preplacement and continuing training.

How much will it cost to become a foster or respite parent?

       There is no cost for the work completed by Agape for Youth, Inc. for individuals and/or couples to become certified foster parents.

       There are some fees associated with the documentation required by the process, such as a fee for a fire inspection and the fees to obtain medical statements.

       Once a foster child is placed in your home, monies are provided to assist with the care of the child.

What are the general steps to become a foster parent?

       Contact Agape through this website, e-mail or by phone

       Attend an Orientation to Foster Care & Adoption meeting to learn more about Agape. These meeting are typically held on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30pm-8:30pm. Please contact the Agape office to confirm the meeting date at (937) 439-4406 extension 1113.

       Begin attending the 36 hours of education courses required for the licensing process.

       Complete an application to care for children.

       Submit paperwork for the homestudy and licensing process (such as a medical statement, background check, fire inspection)

       Meet with a social worker for an interview(s) so that the agency can become better acquainted with your family to determine the type of child(ren) you are interested in parenting.

How do foster and respite care differ?

A respite care family is a foster family and goes through the same certification process.  The difference is that the care you provide is on a temporary, short-term basis to provide a break for another foster family.