Ohio Foster Care and Adoption

Adoption in Ohio

In order to adopt in Ohio, you must be at least 18 years of age. Ohio requires adoption applicants complete pre-service training the purpose of which is to help prepare potential adoptive parents for adoption and to ensure the child’s welfare is the paramount concern.

The next step is the homestudy process that has certain requirements for both the applicants and other members of the household, including but not limited to:
Criminal background checks for all adults
Check of child abuse and neglect history for all adults
Medical statements for all members of the household
Safety audit and fire inspection of your home

Under Ohio law, the homestudy approval remains in effect for a period of 2 years. Thereafter, the homestudy must be updated through a renewal of the documentation and one assessor interview. The homestudy may be updated twice (for a total period of 6 years). Thereafter, a new homestudy must be completed.

The laws relating to adoption are found section 3107 of the Ohio Revised Code. Legal steps for completing adoptions are:
a. Petition for Adoption, filed with the Probate Court, must include the following:

  • The name by which the adoptee will be known if the petition is granted.
  • Information on the adoptee, the petitioner, and on persons whose consent is required but has not been obtained.
  • Information on all persons living in the household.
  • A certified copy of the adoptee’s birth certificate, if available, and copies of required consents and relinquishments of consents.

Once a petition is filed with all of the proper documents, the judge will set a hearing on the adoption and order an assessment.  A written report will be provided to the judge by the assessor on his or her assessment.

b. At the adoption hearing, the judge will ensure that all persons required to consent to the adoption have done so, all notices have been given to the parties, the child was properly placed in your home and will make a judgment as to whether the adoption is in the best interest of the child. If the judge approves the adoption, he will either enter the adoption decree immediately or make an “Interlocutory Order of Adoption” which will automatically become a final decree of adoption on a certain date in the future.  In an interlocutory order of adoption, the court shall provide for observation, investigation, and a further report on the adoptive home during the interlocutory period.

c. The Final Decree of Adoption creates the relationship of parent and child between you and the child, as if the child were your biological child, for all purposes.

d. The child’s original birth certificate will be sealed, and a new birth certificate will be issued. Adopted children born in Ohio or a foreign country, receive their new birth certificate from the Bureau of Vital Statistics, Columbus, Ohio. Children adopted in Ohio, but born outside of Ohio, obtain their new birth certificates from the Bureau of Vital Statistics in the state where they were born.

Adoption Attorneys in Ohio

Thomas Taneff Co., LPA

Ehrenborg Law Office

Law Office of Susan Garner Eisenman

The Lawrence Law Office

Galloway Law LLC

Foster Care in Ohio

To become a licensed foster parent in Ohio you must be:

  • 21 years or older;
  • Committed to caring for children;
  • Able to show your household has an income sufficient to meet the basic needs of the household; and
  • Able to provide support and be a strong role model of positive family life.

A foster parent may be married, single, divorced or widowed; male or female; with or without children of their own; a renter or homeowner; and employed or a stay-at-home parent.

All prospective foster parents or families must attend pre-service training that will instruct prospective foster families on basic knowledge about foster care and adoption, agency policies, and the roles of foster and foster-to-adopt parents. During the pre-service training, all families will need to complete all required paperwork before filling out an application. Completing home study is also required for foster families.

Below you can find names, summaries, and contact information for agencies providing adoption and foster care services and helpful information.

Adopt America Network

Adopt America Network is  a  nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity committed to improving the lives of adoptable children in the foster care system throughout the United States by placing them with permanent, loving families. AAN uses a national network of public and private agencies and volunteer adoption specialists.

The services AAN provides to agencies and adoptive families include, but are not limited to:

  • Family/child registration/matching services
  • Parent training classes
  • Internet family registration services
  • Pre- and post-adoption services
  • Family recruitment events
  • Family support groups
  • Family pre-adoption training
  • Referrals to community services
  • Home study services
  • Respite care referral
  • Family grants for home studies
  • Adoption awareness activities/events
  • Individual and family counseling services

3100 W. Central Ave.
Suite 225
Toledo, Ohio 43606
Phone: (419) 534-3350
(800) 246-1731
Email: adoption@adoptamericanetwork.org

Adoption Circle

Adoption Circle is a private, non-profit, Ohio adoption agency licensed by the state specializing in adoption services for newborns and children up to six months of age. The agency actively assists adoptive and birth parents in their process of completing identified, designated or targeted adoptions.

The offered services include:

  • Agency Adoptions
  • Targeted or Identified Adoptions
  • Stepparent Adoptions
  • Interstate Compact Adoption – ICPC
  • Ohio Adoption Homestudy Services, including Homestudy Updates and Homestudy Services for Embryo Adoption
  • Post-Placement Supervisory Visits
  • State-Required Birthparent Assessments
  • Preparation of Legal Documentation for Surrender and Placement as well as Communication with Legal Representative of Either Party
  • Acceptance of Permanent Surrender and Legal Custody of Child
  • Adoptive Applicant Training and Education Classes
  • Adoptive Applicant Profile Assistance
  • Birthparent Counseling and Education
  • Pregnancy Help and Provision of Informational Materials
  • Legal and Professional Adoption Referrals
  • Adoptee Assistance and more

400 South Fifth Street
Suite 304
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-237-7222
Email: info@adoptioncircle.org

20525 Center Ridge Road
Suite 608
Rocky River, Ohio 44116
Phone: 216-464-7299
Email: info@adoptioncircle.org

111 Stow Ave
Ste. 101
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Phone: 330-376-3943
Email: info@adoptioncircle.org

Adoption Connection

Adoption Connection is a private non-profit Ohio Adoption Agency in Cincinnati specializing in placing infants under the age of 6 months, as well as covering international, identified, relative, and step-parent adoption services.

Adoption Connection team provides domestic adoption services, including supportive services, outreach to birth parents, Free Adoption Education Orientation, homestudy services, homestudy education, classes guiding through the adoption process, and birth parent counseling.

Services for international adoption include, but are not limited to free orientation, homestudy services, homestudy education, completing homestudies that meet the requirements of CIS and the country, coordinating services with your licensed international agency, assisting you with Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) process, completing post placement supervision and reports as required, providing referrals to appropriate resources, as well as counseling, guidance, and support.

8487 Ridge Road,
Cincinnati, OH 45236
Phone: (513) 489-1616

Adoption Home Study Services of Ohio

Adoption Home Study Services of Ohio is a 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Adoption Agency licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to provide adoption services throughout the State of Ohio.  Adoption Home Study Services of Ohio provides comprehensive home study services for both domestic and international adoptions in compliance with Ohio State Law and Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Regulations. The agency also provides Training Services and Linking and Advocacy Services (Adoption Home Study Services of Ohio is not a child placing agency but is certified to provide post placement services).

358 Edna Street
Alliance, Ohio 44601
Phone: (330) 829-9400
(330) 206-2218
Email: homestudyohio@hotmail.com

Adoption Link, Inc.

Adoption Link, Inc. is a licensed adoption agency in the State of Ohio dedicated to working with birthparents and adoptive families throughout the lifespan of the adoption. Adoption Link serves all of Ohio, including Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, and Cleveland, as well as smaller towns and rural locations in Ohio providing pre-adoption support services, adoption education, homestudies, birthparent matching, pre-finalization and post-finalization services.

512 Dayton Street
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
Phone: (937) 767-2466
(800) 643-3356
(937) 767-2706
Email: naomi@adoptionlink.org

Adoption Professionals

Adoption Professionals was founded in 2004 by Sheryl Linne, an attorney and adoptive mother. In 2006, Adoption Professionals won the Angel in Adoption Award in national recognition for the agency’s  work with birth parents. The agency provides pregnant women or pregnant teens with pregnancy counseling and financial assistance as needed and also facilitates open adoption or closed adoption plans made with the adoptive parents.

Adoption Professionals’ service areas include Cincinnati, Columbus,  Springfield,  Dayton, (OH) and Covington, KY.

Lawrenceburg, IN
2758 Erie Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45208
Phone: (513) 321-2229
Email: ApAdopt@gmail.com

Adoption STAR

Adoption STAR is  New York State Authorized, Ohio and Florida Licensed, COA Hague Accredited not-for-profit child-placing agency that offers comprehensive services to adoptive parents, birth parents, adoptees, and the community at large. These services include domestic infant and international placement programs, adoption home studies, post placement supervision, counseling, pre-and-post parenthood education, trainings and in-services for medical professionals, educators and others in the community, adoption support groups, social groups, online support groups and other social media sites, newsletters, a resource library, and more.

The agency works with prospective parents and birth parents in all cities in Ohio including but not limited to Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Akron, Toledo, Dayton, Parma, Canton, Youngstown, Hamilton, Lorain, Lakewood, Kettering, Elyria, Cuyahoga Falls, Euclid, Middletown, Mansfield, Newark, etc.

433 W. Loveland Avenue, First Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45140
Phone: (513)631-3900
Email: info@adoptionstar.com

Adoption by Gentle Care

Adoption By Gentle Care is a non-profit, fully licensed private adoption agency that provides adoption services, including:
Caucasian Infant – Through this program you may also choose a full Asian, Hispanic, or Native American child.
African American Infant – This program includes a child born to two African American parents.
Bi-Racial Infant – This program includes a child born to one Caucasian, Asian, Native American or Hispanic parent and one African American parent.
Identified – This is a situation where a source other than Gentle Care identifies a Birthmother who wishes to place with a particular adopting couple who may or may not by currently adopting through Gentle Care. Gentle Care can facilitate the identified adoptive placement provided the couple has or completes an approved home study.

Gentle Care does not perform international placements; however, the agency assists attorneys, courts, and interstate offices by performing Home Studies and Post-Placement services for all adoptions including international adoptions.

370 South Fifth Street, Suite 2
Columbus, OH 43215-5433
Phone: (614) 469-0007
(800) 824-9633
Email: adoption@adoptgentlecare.com

Adriel, Inc.

Founded as the Mennonite Children’s home in 1896, Adriel’s mission has always focused on serving those children who either have no family or whose family environment is not safe or healthy. Today, Adriel provides residential treatment and foster care and adoption services for children. Licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health to provide counseling services, Adriel is also accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) and is a member of the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies.

Adriel’s Foster Care Program offers youth in need of out-of-home placement the opportunity to live in a safe and loving home with a family in a community setting. Prospective foster parents are carefully screened, licensed, and trained. Training includes extensive instruction in the evidence-based Teaching Family Model.

Adriel adoption assessors assist families in the adoption process by completing the additional work required to make adoption possible. Adriel dually licenses families as both foster and adoptive homes.

P.O. Box 188
West Liberty, OH 43357
Phone: (937) 465-0010

22450 County Road F
Archbold, OH 43502
Phone: (419) 445-1980

5940 Venture Drive, Suite A
Dublin OH, 43017
Phone: (614) 761-0010

3454 Oak Alley Court #308
Toledo, OH 43606
Phone: (419) 724-0276

Agape for Youth, Inc.

Agape for Youth, Inc. is a foster care,  adoption through foster care and reunification services agency 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 years 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.

The range of adoption services includes adoption homestudy, parent education classes, adoption preparation, placement and post-placement support. Agape focuses on serving families in the counties of southwest Ohio so that we are able to provide the support needed for a successful foster care and adoption experience.

Agape for Youth, Inc.  is also qualified to complete private adoption homestudies for a fee for those families who are contracting with an out of state child placing agency for the purpose of adoption.

2300 S. Edwin C. Moses Blvd.
Dayton, OH 45417
Phone: 937.439.4406

10979 Reed Hartman Highway,
Suite 337
Cincinnati, OH 45242

America World Adoption -Ohio

America World Adoption is an International Christian adoption agency licensed and Hague/COA accredited in 24 states. Each of AWAA affiliate offices is fully licensed in its respective state to provide adoption home study services (including post adoption services) to families adopting through America World.

AWAA-OH is licensed and Hague/COA accredited in the state of Ohio to provide home study services for adoption. Although the primary role is to provide home study services for families adopting through America World, AWAA-O is also able to prepare home study and post adoption reports for families using other placement agencies and who meet America World’s agency requirements.

PO Box 225
Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 800-429-3369 x 177
Email: ohio@awaa.org

Applewood Centers Inc.

Applewood Centers is a private, non-profit agency providing mental health services, social services and education to children, adolescents and families living in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties. Applewood Centers is licensed and certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), and licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Department of Education.

Services include residential treatment programs, foster care, adoption, and more.

10427 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102
Phone: (216) 521-6511
(216) 696-6815

Bair Foundation

The Bair Foundation Child & Family Ministries  is a private, nonprofit 501c3  corporation that offers a myriad of family-focused programs including Therapeutic Foster Care, Emergency Foster Care, Foster-to-Adopt, Adoption, Intensive In-Home & Family Services, Kinship, Outpatient Services, Diagnostic Services, Independent Living Services, B.E.S.T. for Families, and Crisis Intervention Services. The Bair Foundation Child & Family Ministries  is accredited by the Council on Accrediation and the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.

26401 Emery Road
Warrensville Heights, OH  44128
Phone: 216-595-6916

275 Martinel Drive
Kent, OH 44240
Phone: 330-673-6339

665 Dublin-Granville Road
Suite 300
Columbus, OH  43229
Phone: 614-846-6265

3055 S. Kettering Boulevard
Suite 111
Point West III
Moraine, OH  45439-1900
Phone: 937-424-0210

260 Northland Blvd. Suite 124
Cincinnati, OH  45246
Phone: 513-771-1606

Bellefaire JCB, Adoption Center

Bellefaire Jewish Children’s Bureau is one of the nation’s largest, longest-established child placement/adoption agencies with degreed, licensed social workers and certified adoption assessors.

The Adoption Center at Bellefaire JCB offers different types of adoption:

  • Waiting Child Adoption
  • Domestic (Infant) Adoption
  • Identified Infant Adoption
  • Self-Directed Infant Adoption
  • Hague-Accredited International Adoption Program

Bellefaire JCB also offers individual and family counseling services to adoptive and birth families, provides homestudy services and post-placement services to adoptive families, and homestudy assessment services for step-parent adoptions and non-relative identified adoptions.

22001 Fairmount Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44118
Phone:  1-800-879-2522
Email: info@bellefairejcb.org

Benchmark Family Services

Benchmark’s mission is to provide stable and caring placements for youth in need of out-of-home care by providing and coordinating programs and services in cooperation with referring child welfare agencies.

Benchmark provides therapeutic foster care to youth in need by contracting with referring agencies to place in their foster homes. They recruit and train a network of professional foster homes ready to take in youth at a moment’s notice and support these homes with on-going training, 24/7 on-call availability, financial reimbursement and professional support staff.

127 Quick Road
New Carlisle, OH 45344
Phone: (937) 845-1070

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Bethany is a  full-service agency that is fully accredited.

The agency’s goal is to provide stability for foster children by providing stable loving families to care for them. Bethany Christian Services help families to be prepared to take foster care placement of children who have a dual plan of return home and adoption. Families willing to take on a legal risk will be supported in working towards reunification with birth families while at the same time making a long term commitment to a child or sibling group.

The agency provides Infant Adoption, International Adoption, Foster Care Adoption services, and Post Adoption Support.

665 E. Dublin Granville Road, Suite 410
Columbus, Ohio 43229
Phone: (614) 448-2885

Brightside Adoption Connection

Brightside Adoption Connection is a private adoption agency licensed by the State of Ohio, and located in Hudson, Ohio.  The agency provides services for both birthmothers and adoptive families. Adoption services include Adoption Homestudies, Large Family Assessment, Homestudy Conversion, Homestudy Amendment and Update,  Adoption Placement Services that include  assistance with identifying a child to adopt, profile counseling and creation, adoption related counseling, legal assistance with finalizing the adoption, and referrals to other agencies as needed, Post Placement Services, Adoption Consulting, and Expedited Services.

118 W. Streetsboro St
Suite 88
Hudson, OH 44236
Phone: 1-800-745-2198
Email: info@brightsideadoption.com

Building Blocks Adoption Service, Inc.

Building Blocks Adoption Service, Inc. is an licensed Ohio Adoption Service providing private adoption services, including birth parent counseling and assistance to all U.S. citizens residing in the U.S.

The agency specializes in:

  • Agency Adoptions
  • Ohio Adoption Services
  • Private Adoptions
  • Identified Adoptions
  • Assisting Ohio birth mothers
  • Older Child Adoptions
  • Relative & Grandparent Adoptions
  • Stepparent Adoptions
  • Interstate Compact Adoption: ICPC
  • Adoption Home Studies
  • Post Placement Supervision
  • Birth Parent Counseling
  • Pregnancy Adoption Help
  • Pregnancy Adoption Options
  • Homestudy Services for Embryo Adoption
  • Referral to Embryo Adoption Services
  • Open Adoption/ Closed Adoption
  • Referral to legal services for Adoption purposes
  • Birth mother services and help in Medina, Ohio and  including the entire State of Ohio including areas surrounding Akron OH, Cleveland, Dayton, Youngstown, Columbus, Cincinnati, Medina, Toledo and Canton Ohio.

52 Public Square
Medina, Ohio 44258
Phone: (330) 725-5521
(866) 321-2367
Email: ohio@bbas.org

Caring for Kids, Inc.

Caring for Kids, Inc. is a private non-profit, full-service adoption and foster care agency serving the entire state of Ohio. The agency offers services to both birthmothers and adoptive parents, as well as to foster families.

650 Graham Road, Suite 101
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221
Phone: (800) 254-1725
Email: info@cfkadopt.org

5300 E. Main Street, Suite 208
Columbus, OH 43213
Phone: (800) 254-1725
Email: info@cfkadopt.org

Catholic Charities Services Corporation, Adoption program

Catholic Charities is a licensed adoption agency through the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services. Throughout the 8 counties of the Cleveland Catholic Diocese, Catholic Charities Adoption program offers diversified services to birth families, adoptive families and children.
Services for adoptive parents include:

  • Homestudy – Catholic Charities is a licensed adoption agency through the Ohio Department of Job & Family Services and we can complete your homestudy.
  • Placement
  • Legalization –  Catholic Charities can help complete the paperwork and filing in court.
  • Ongoing Support – including specialized counseling, background information, access to other community-support services and more.

Support for foster parents include:

  • Case Management/Home Visits
  • Foster Care staff available 24/7
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Respite Care
  • Foster Care Support Groups Available
  • Reimbursement for care of child(ren)

6753 State Rd
Cleveland, OH
Phone: 440-843-5631
Email: adoption@ccdocle.org

Choice Network

Choice Network is a full service adoption agency committed to creating stable, permanent families & offering quality support to both adoptive applicants & birth mothers.

693 1/2 High St., Suite G
Worthington, Ohio 43085
Phone: 866-989-1466

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio, Encompass Centers

CCHO is a nonprofit organization providing professional programs and services to individuals and families at 12 locations in central and northeast Ohio.

Encompass operates through Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO) and provides Christ-centered outpatient counseling, home based counseling, foster care and adoption services. With offices in Wooster and Greater Cleveland, Encompass staff offers training, licensing, child/family matching, respite care and support for children and families, as well as provides home studies for international adoptions, and facilitate interstate adoptions.

2685 Armstrong Road
Wooster, Ohio 44691
Phone: (330) 345-7949
Email: info@ccho.org

European Adoption Consultants, Inc.

EAC is a non-profit 501(c)(3) licensed adoption agency serving the citizens of the United States of America. EAC offers child adoption services and adoption information for international adoptions through China, Haiti, Honduras, DRCongo, Colombia, Uganda, India, Bulgaria, Panama, Poland, Ukraine and Tanzania.

12608   Alameda Drive,
Strongsville, OH 44149
Phone:  866-586-5656 (Pre-Adoption Info)
1-800-533-0098 (In Process)
Email: adopt@eaci.com

Family Adoption Consultants (FAC)

FAC is a Hague Accredited private, non-profit adoption and foster care agency licensed in the States of Ohio and Michigan. FAC is a full service adoption agency, able to assist families with both domestic and international adoptions. Internationally, FAC has its own programs through both China and the Philippines, but is also able to assist families interested in adoption from Korea and other Asian countries, Latin America and Eastern Europe by coordinating services with out of State agencies.

Other services include Foster Care Services, Comprehensive Services to Birth Parents, Pre and Post Placement Training and Support, Foster Care Certification, and Searching Services.

143 Gougler
Kent, Ohio 44240
Phone: (330) 296-2757

Focus on Youth, Inc.

Focus on Youth, Inc. is a non-profit, faith based foster care, adoption, and mental health agency located in southwest Ohio and serving neighboring counties by licensing quality foster homes and providing mental health services to youth.  The primary services provided by Focus on Youth, Inc. are:

  • Recruitment and licensing quality foster homes, both traditional and treatment foster care
  • Matching skilled families to youth for placement  according the special needs of the youth
  • Provision of mental health therapy for youth and families
  • Professional training and development programs for foster parents, adoptive parents, and licensed social workers

8904 Brookside Ave
West Chester, Ohio 45069
Phone: (513) 644-1030

Forever Home Adoptions

Forever Home Adoptions is a Christian adoption agency licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to participate in adoption work. Forever Home Adoptions provides services to families in Northeast Ohio seeking to adopt Ohio’s waiting children.

7346 West Cross Creek Trail
Brecksville, Ohio 44141
Phone: 440-382-9843
Email: jlknight@foreverhomeadoptions.com

House of New Hope

House of New Hope is a community-based Ohio adoption agency specializing in assisting in the facilitation of out-of-state targeted adoptions and licensed to conduct home studies, provide adoptive parent education and facilitation, and complete state-required post-placement services to families considering adoption.

House of New Hope is licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services to provide:

  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Family Foster Care
  • Pre-Adoptive Infant Foster Care

8135 Mount Vernon Road
St. Louisville, Ohio 43071
Phone: (740) 345-5437
(888) 200-1296
Email: adoption@houseofnewhope.org

The House of Samuel, Inc.

The House of Samuel, Inc. is a not-for-profit, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services licensed agency that provides comprehensive foster care, adoption services, and child custody services in the state of Ohio.

The House of Samuel provides both domestic and international adoption services, as well as services involving the adoption of children who are waiting to be adopted from Ohio and throughout the United States. The agency provides all the services necessary to complete an adoption, such as a family assessment (home study), birth parent services as needed (such as birth parent counseling required by law in Ohio), placement services to the child and family, post placement services, and post adoption counseling to children and families.

The House of Samuel also provides both traditional and treatment foster care to children referred by the Children’s Services Departments and Juvenile Courts throughout Ohio.  The agency is also licensed to take placements directly from parents.

420 N. 8th Street
Cambridge, OH
Phone: 740-439-5634
Email: JimBarrhos@hotmail.com

Inner Peace Homes, Inc.

Inner Peace Homes, Inc. is a non-profit (501(c)3) foster care and adoption agency licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

136 1/2 South Main Street
PO Box 895
Bowling Green , OH , 43402
Phone: 419-354-6525
Email: iphomes1@frontier.com

LifeStart, Inc.

LifeStart, Inc. is a Non-Profit Licensed Family, Treatment, and Medically-Fragile, Foster Care Agency serving Central Ohio.

LifeStart provides extensive foster family support including ongoing training, consultation, and brainstorming regarding the needs of children in the home serving them (and adults) with:
Machine Dependency
Tube Feeds
Mental Retardation
Autism and Similar Disorders

142 North High Street
Gahanna, Ohio 43230
Phone: (614) 478-5448

Mid-Western Children’s Home (MCH) 

Mid-Western Children’s Home is a private agency licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. MCH offers both adoption and foster care programs.

The adoption program serves children ages 0-18,  offers homestudy services to those who are looking into private or international adoptions. MCH operates family foster homes as well as treatment foster homes.

4585 Long Spurling Road
PO Box 48
Pleasant Plain, Ohio 45162
Phone: (513)877-2141
Email: mid-western@mid-western.org


Necco serves at-risk youth of all ages and families who face an array of challenges. Necco provides foster care to children ages 0-18 and operates programs in Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. Their foster care programs are supported by various Evidence Based Practices depending on location.

Ohio programs include:

  • Foster Care
  • Medically Fragile Foster Care
  • Therapeutic Foster Care

415 Glensprings Drive, Suite 201
Springdale, OH 45246
Phone: 513-771-9600
Email: neccoinquiries@necco.org

178 Private Dr. 19423
South Point, OH 45680
Phone: 740-263-2626
Email: neccoinquiries@necco.org

Northeast Ohio Adoption Services

Northeast Ohio Adoption Services is a private, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) agency incorporated in 1978 for the purpose of developing and supporting lifelong adoptive families for children with special needs.  NOAS provides adoption and foster care services to teens and school-age children in the child welfare system by recruiting, preparing, and supporting specialized families.

The adoption services include:

  • Preparation and Child specific recruitment
  • Training
  • Family Assessment
  • Matching, Placement, Legalization
  • Post-adoption services

5000 E. Market St, Suite 26
Warren, OH 44484
Phone: (800) 686-6627
Email: contact@noas.com

Oasis Therapeutic Foster Care Network, Inc

Oasis is a private non-profit therapeutic foster care network that trains and recommends for license to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Professional Therapeutic Foster Caregivers. Placements through the Oasis Therapeutic Foster Care Network are both short and long term as well as temporary respite care.

34265 State Route 681 East
Albany, OH 45710
Phone: 740-698-0340
Email: oasisfostercare@yahoo.com


OhioGuidestone is a community solutions organization licensed by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Department of Mental Health. OhioGuidestone provides foster care services throughout Ohio, including Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Lorain, New Philadelphia and surrounding areas.

The Foster Care programs include:
The Treatment Foster Care program – serves children and teens, ages birth to 18, who have emotional and behavioral difficulties and provides these children with a high-level of supervision, mental health care and nurturing support.

The Medically Fragile Foster Care program – serves children, ages birth to 18 who may have been born with a disorder, illness, or, due to abuse or neglect, have been left in unstable condition.

The Respite program – provides a foster child a  place to stay overnight for one or more nights at a home outside of their foster home.

202 East Bagley Road
Berea, Ohio 44017
Phone: (440) 234.2006
(800) 639-4974
Email: information@OhioGuidestone.org

Options for Families and Youth

Options for Families and Youth (“OFY”) is a private, non-profit, social service agency licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) since 1989. The agency offers Foster Care Case Management and Training, Adoption, and Counseling and Therapy services.

OFY provides emergency and specialized foster care to approximately 50-60 children/teens from Cuyahoga County. OFY is  a Private Child Placing Agency that offers Domestic Infant Adoption services to birthparents and prospective adoptive families.  OFY received Hague Accreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA) in November 2013 and is a provider of International Adoption Services. OFY helps families navigate the international adoption process, offers homestudies, adoption preparation and re-adoption services.

5131 W. 140th St.
Brook Park, OH 44142
Phone:  216.267.7070

Pathway Caring for Children

Pathway serves children and families in Northeastern Ohio by providing foster care, adoption, post-adoption, mental health counseling and case management, and school-based services.

Pathway Caring for Children’s Therapeutic Foster Care system provides care for children from birth to age 21 who are in the custody of county agencies or direct placements. Pathway also offers supplementary services, such as  Support Services, Case management, Foster Parent Steering Committee, Alternate Foster Care and more.

Pathway’s Adoption Services find and secure a family for children who are in need of a permanent home.

4895 Dressler Rd NW Suite A
Canton, Ohio 44718
Phone: 330-493-0083
E-mail: info@pathwaycfc.org

Private Adoption Services, Inc.

Private Adoption Services, Inc. is an Ohio licensed adoption agency that places primarily healthy newborn infants or infants up to one year of age of all races.

The In-State Newborn Adoption Program is for couples residing in the state of Ohio and desiring a newborn or an infant up to one year of age of full Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, African-American, or multi-racial descent.

The agency also offers adoption services to both birthmothers and adoptive parents out of Ohio.

3411 Michigan Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45208-2101
Phone: 513-871-5777
Email: adopt@fuse.net

Specialized Alternatives for Families Youth of America (SAFY)

SAFY offers adoption services in many states annually helping over 80 children find permanent new homes. The program matches children to adoptive homes while focusing on the special needs of the child. SAFY provides adoptive home recruitment, training, as well as family assessments and follow-up after the adoption.

SAFY’s primary focus is therapeutic or treatment foster care. This program is designed to help children, who cannot remain with their primary families, find stable and loving homes. These children receive individualized services from a team of professionally-trained foster families and social workers. But SAFY’s foster care program is intended as a short-term solution with the goal of reunifying the primary family, whenever possible.

Programs in Ohio include:

  • Therapeutic/Treatment Foster Care
  • Adoption
  • Mental Health
  • Positive Transitions – In Home Services
  • Respite Care and more

10100 Elida Road
Delphos, OH 45833
Phone: 419-695-8010

5553 Whipple Avenue NW, Suite 4
North Canton, OH 44720
Phone: 330-305-1668

11590 Century Boulevard, Suite 116
Cincinnati, OH 45246
Phone: 513-771-7239

20600 Chagrin Boulevard, Suite 900
Shaker Heights, OH 44122
Phone: 216-295-7239

4615 Hilton Corporate Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43232-4151
Phone: 614-729-2024

2555 South Dixie Drive, Suite 260
Dayton, Ohio 45409-1539
Phone: 937-853-9061

1624 Tiffin Avenue, Suite A
Findlay, OH 45840
Phone: 419-427-3320

340 W. Fifth Street
Delphos, OH 45833
Phone: 419-695-5934

1065 Fairington Drive
Sidney, OH 45365
Phone: 937-497-7239

658 West Market Street, Suite 101
Lima, OH 45801
Phone: 419-222-1527

Spirit of Faith Adoptions

Spirit of Faith Adoptions is a non-profit, Ohio Infant Christian Adoption Agency that is dedicated to serving those who are facing unplanned pregnancies, providing them with information about adoption as requested which includes prospective adoptive parent profiles of families.

Spirit of Faith Adoptions is licensed to provide Domestic and International Home Study Assessments.  Spirit of Faith Adoptions does not facilitate international adoptive placements but can provide referrals to licensed agencies that specialize in international adoption and can also provide support to agencies and families on a case by case basis.

3315 Centennial Rd. A-1,
Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Phone: 419-843-5355

24629 Detroit Rd.
Westlake, 44145
Phone: 440-499-4606

The Twelve, Inc.

The Twelve, Inc is a not-for-profit (501)(c)(3) agency,  headquartered in Massillon, Ohio. The Twelve, Inc. established The Twelve of Ohio, Inc and The Twelve for Children & Families of Florida, both providing services to youth and family in their respective state.

The Twelve Inc. offers a full array of assessment, counseling and aftercare services. Service settings within The Twelve include:

  • Family Foster Care
  • Specialized Foster Care
  • Mid-Range Foster Care
  • Treatment Foster Care
  • Adoption, including adoptive home studies completed by certified assessors on prospective adoptive parents; training for prospective families, especially for special needs adoption; support through post-finalization to help assure permanency
  • Kinship Mentoring

619 Tremont Ave SW
Massillon, Ohio 44647
Phone: 1-888-513-8706 FREE
Email: stoiaj@the12inc.org

The Village Network

The Village Network is a multi-discipline inpatient and outpatient behavioral health organization helping boys and girls in multiple Ohio locations with residential, day treatment, treatment foster care, respite care, court intervention, alternative schooling, and adoption services.

In-Home Services for family preservation and mental health, respite care, licensing of foster parents, emergency medical triage and assessments (Juvenile Justice), and the new Brite Futures program are examples of the full spectrum of care provided by The Village Network.

2000 Noble Drive
Wooster Ohio 44691
Phone: 330-264-3232
Email: info@thevillagenetwork.com

UMCH Family Services

UMCH Family Services is a comprehensive children’s mental health and child welfare agency that works with hundreds of children and parents across Ohio through the Mental Health, Treatment Foster Care, Adoption and Post-Adoption programs.

UMCH Family Services offers the complete continuum of adoption care, from pre adoption through the adoption process and even including post adoption services to ensure each family is successful in their adoption journey.

The UMCH Family Services Foster Team specializes in Treatment Foster Care.

1033 High Street
Worthington, Ohio 43085
Phone:  614.885.5020

Treatment Foster Care & Adoption Services
6402 E. Main Street, Suite 103
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
Phone:  614.559.2800
Emai:  contactus@umchohio.org

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Youth Advocate Services (YAS) is a nationally accredited, state-certified, 501(c)(3), non-profit child/family caring agency. As the oldest therapeutic foster care program in Ohio, YAS provides treatment foster care, while working collaboratively with other child serving agencies to develop and implement a community support system for families.
Programs include:

  • Foster Car
  • Adoption
  • Emergency Shelter Care
  • Community Respite and more

For children being adopted, YAS provides pre and post-adoption counseling services and respite services for adoptive families.

825 Grandview Avenue
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614.258.9927

1623 West 4th Street
Mansfield, OH 44906