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Cincinnati Adoption & Foster Care Resources

Whether you are pregnant and thinking about adoption for your baby or a family hoping to grow through adoption, you will need a variety of services and support throughout the adoption process. Here, find local resources and adoption information for the Cincinnati area.

Cincinnati Adoption Professionals and Adoption Agencies

Most prospective birth parents and hopeful adoptive families choose to work closely with an adoption professional throughout the process. This professional will provide education, support and the adoption services you need to complete your adoption.
Here are some Cincinnati adoption professionals near you:

How to Become a Foster Parent in Cincinnati

To be a foster parent in Cincinnati, couples and individuals must meet the requirements of the state and their chosen agency. For prospective foster parents in Ohio, that means meeting certain age requirements, completing an Ohio home study and attending training.
If you are interested in becoming a foster family, contact a local foster care organization:

Additional foster care information is included in our Ohio adoption information or through the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Home Study Providers in Cincinnati

Consisting of personal interviews, background checks, a safety inspection and more, the Ohio home study is one of the most important parts of every adoption and foster care process.
It is important to choose the right professional to complete your adoption home study and ensure it complies with all state laws and requirements. To get started, contact a home study provider in your area:
Near Cincinnati:

  • Adoption Circle800-927-7222
    Adoption Circle is a state licensed, full-service, nonprofit adoption agency that provides home study and other services to adoptive families and birth parents in Ohio.
  • Adoption STAR513-631-3900
    Adoption STAR will conduct home studies for prospective clients in Ohio as well as New York and Florida.

In Ohio:  

  • Adoption by Gentle Care800-824-9633Adoption by Gentle Care is a state licensed, nonprofit, full service adoption agency whose accredited adoption assessors offer domestic adoption home studies throughout Ohio.
  • Building Blocks Adoption Service, Inc.866-321-2367
    Building Blocks Adoptions is an Ohio-licensed Christian adoption agency that offers services through its domestic, embryo and international adoption programs.

Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Ohio home study providers.

Hospitals in Cincinnati

If you are pursuing adoption as an expectant mother, you will need to consider your hospital plan as your due date approaches. You can work with your adoption specialist and healthcare provider to determine the type of labor and delivery experience you want to have.
When you are ready to begin creating your hospital plan, here are some Cincinnati hospitals that may be able to assist you:

Adoption Laws and Qualifications

All adoptions taking place in Cincinnati must comply with Ohio adoption laws. State laws regulate many areas of adoption, from consent and relinquishment to adoption expenses. To learn more about adoption laws and regulations in Ohio, visit our state adoption information page. Learn about the legal processes that impact birth parents and adoptive families below.
Adoption Laws for Birth Parents
To protect your rights throughout the adoption process, there are several Ohio laws in place regulating adoption consent, relinquishment, paternity establishment, and more. Find this information, along with other Ohio adoption laws, here.
Laws for Adoptive Families
As you consider adopting in Cincinnati, you should become familiar with Ohio adoption requirements. Ohio statutes regulate who is eligible to adopt, how much money can be spent on an adoption, how advertising may be used in connection with adoption, and more.
County Courts
Following the placement of the child, every adoption must be finalized in court. Your adoption professional will work with you to coordinate the finalization process and help you complete your adoption. Find more information about the courts in your county below:

Things to do in Cincinnati

Throughout the adoption process, you may find yourself spending some time in Cincinnati, either visiting prospective birth parents or waiting for ICPC paperwork to be processed. Enjoy the following local attractions during your stay:

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