Are you ready to welcome a child into your family? Adopting a child in Ohio can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. But, before you get to enjoy the benefits of becoming a parent, you have to decide which type of adoption is right for you and your family. Learn about the different types of adoption:
In the state of Ohio, a stepparent can apply to adopt his stepchild after being married to one of the child’s birth parents for at least one year. Both birth parents must consent to the adoption in order for the court to approve it. However, in cases where the birth parent has not contacted or financially supported the child for at least one year, the court may not require consent for the adoption to move forward.
Relatives such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles may legally file for adoption of a child in Ohio. The relative must have consent from both birth parents unless the parents’ rights have been terminated by a judge.
Being related to the child does not guarantee that you will be approved for the adoption. Relatives will have to undergo home studies and evaluations just as any other prospective parent would in the adoption process.
Adopting a child from another country is more complicated than adopting a child domestically because you must follow both the rules of the state and the rules of the foreign country. The process can vary depending on the country that you are adopting a child from, but in general, you will need to consent to a home study, travel to the country at least once, and obtain a visa for the child.
Public & Private Adoption
Prospective parents who want to adopt a child right here in the state of Ohio can do so by contacting a private or public adoption agency. The agency that you choose—along with your adoption attorney—will guide you through the process step-by-step. Typically, prospective parents will be asked to attend informational sessions, consent to a home study, submit references, undergo a background check, and provide financial documentation. Prospective parents will also get the opportunity to meet with the child prior to the adoption being finalized. This is the most common type of adoption and is a great choice for adults who want to expand their families.
If you’re ready to adopt a child, contact an adoption attorney at Adams Family Law today. We can help you review the many different types of adoption to determine which is the appropriate choice for your family. To schedule a consultation, call 513-929-9333 or email Steven@adamsfamilylaw.com.