Columbus Adoption & Foster Care Resources

Columbus, OH
 

Couples and individuals considering adoption often wonder whether there are local adoption agencies, home study providers and other resources in their area. Whether you are considering adoption as prospective adoptive parents or as a woman facing an unplanned pregnancy, this guide provides the information you need about home study professionals, foster care resources and adoption agencies in the Columbus, Ohio, area.

Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals in Columbus

Adoption professionals are often great resources for adoptive families and prospective birth parents looking for local adoption information. If you are interested in working with an adoption agency in Columbus, these local and regional professionals can provide the information you need to complete your Columbus adoption:

Become a Foster Parent in Columbus

If you are considering becoming a foster parent or adding to your family through foster care adoption, these local agencies and resources can provide information about foster care in the Columbus area:

Additional foster care information and resources are available on our state adoption information page or through the Department of Job and Family Services.  

Columbus Home Study Services

Regardless of the adoption or foster care professional you choose to work with, you will need to complete an Ohio home study before a child can be placed in your care. Whether you are fostering or adopting, the home study ensures you are ready to provide a suitable home for a child.

Information about the home study process is available on our Adoption in Ohio page. The following home study providers can provide additional information about completing the home study in your area:

Near Columbus:

  • Adoption by Gentle Care
    800-824-9633
    Adoption by Gentle Care is a state licensed, nonprofit, full service adoption agency whose accredited adoption assessors offer domestic adoption home studies throughout Ohio.
  • Adoption Circle
    800-927-7222
    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.

In 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.
  • Adoption STAR
    513-631-3900
    Adoption STAR will conduct home studies for prospective clients in Ohio as well as New York and Florida.

Hospitals in Columbus

When the time comes to finally meet the new baby, a hospital plan will be in place to determine who is in the delivery room when the baby is born, how much time the birth and adoptive parents will spend with the new baby, and more.

If you are a prospective birth mother, your adoption professional can help you create your hospital plan and coordinate with the delivery hospital to ensure you have the experience you are hoping for.

Find more information about some Columbus-area maternity hospitals below:

Adoption Laws and Qualifications

Adoptions in Columbus must be completed according to Ohio law. Detailed information about Ohio adoption laws, processes and qualifications is included in our Ohio adoption information. Below, find an overview of some of the areas of adoption that are regulated by state laws.

Laws for Birth Parents:

For birth mothers and fathers, the primary legal process in adoption is the execution of consent. If you are considering an adoption plan for your baby, you can learn about adoption consent, relinquishment, paternity establishment and more here.

Laws for Adoptive Parents:

Many prospective adoptive parents have questions about the laws, rules and qualifications for adopting a baby in Columbus. Ohio statutes regulate many areas of adoption, including the expenses that can be paid by adoptive families, the use of advertising and facilitators and more. More information about these laws and regulations is available here.

County Courts

The final stage of the legal adoption process is the finalization of the adoption, which will be completed in family court. If you are adopting in Columbus, Ohio, find additional information for your county below:

Things to do in Columbus

If your adoption journey leads you to the Columbus area, either to meet with prospective birth parents or to wait for ICPC paperwork to be processed, be sure to take advantage of all the city has to offer. Here are some top attractions to visit in Columbus before returning to your home state: