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:
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:
- Adoption by Gentle Care
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
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.
- Building Blocks Adoption Service, Inc.
Building Blocks Adoptions is an Ohio-licensed Christian adoption agency that offers services through its domestic, embryo and international adoption programs.
- Adoption STAR
Adoption STAR will conduct home studies for prospective clients in Ohio as well as New York and Florida.
Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Ohio home study providers.
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:
- Riverside Methodist Hospital
3535 Olentangy River Rd
Columbus, OH 43214
- Ann Burba Crane Center for Women and Babies
Grant Medical Center
111 South Grant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
- Ohio State University Hospital
410 West 10th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
- Mount Carmel East
6001 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43213
- Mount Carmel West
793 West State Street
Columbus, OH 43222
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.
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:
- Delaware County
- Fairfield County
- Franklin County
- Hocking County
- Licking County
- Madison County
- Morrow County
- Perry County
- Pickaway County
- Union County
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:
- Easton Town Center
- Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
- Ohio Theater
- North Market Farmer’s Market
- Short North Arts District
- German Village