Frequently Asked Questions About Adoption
Who can adopt?
Anyone 21 years of age or older who can provide the necessary documentation for the home assessment is eligible to adopt. Legally married couples or single individuals are eligible.
What are the training requirements?
Prospective adoptive parents are required to attend 36 hours of training referred to as, Pre-Service Training. Training is offered through UMCH Family Services on a quarterly basis. Training schedules are available to view on our website. This training must be completed before a home assessment can be approved.
What is a home assessment?
A home assessment is a combination of collected information and interviews that are compiled into a document that represents your family. A certified adoption assessor meets with your family to assess items such as child rearing skills, life experiences, and strengths to determine the type of adoptive child each individual could best parent. A criminal background check, fire inspection, safety audit and medical examination are also required.
What if I already have a home assessment?
UMCH Family Services will work with your current agency to facilitate a transfer at your request.
What adoption opportunities does UMCH provide?
Our primary focus is identifying and placing waiting children through our Foster to Adopt Program and our Adoption Only Program. A waiting child would be any child in the permanent custody of a county children services agency. There are about 102,000 children awaiting adoption in the U.S. and many of these children have special needs to consider such as being older, being a part of a sibling group or requiring counseling to deal with emotional or behavioral struggles.
Am I able to adopt children who live outside of Ohio?
UMCH Family Services will assist you in facilitating the adoption of children in Ohio and can also help you by facilitating (through an Interstate Compact) placement of children residing outside the state of Ohio.
What is the cost to adopt through UMCH Family Services?
Our adoption fees start out at $2,250 to initiate your home assessment. You can find a full list of our adoption fees here. Families may arrange a payment plan with our agency at their convenience.
Is there financial assistance available?
UMCH Family Services does not offer any financial assistance; however we are able to support you in navigating the options that may be available to you. In the case of adopting a waiting child, adoption subsidies may be available through the custodial agency. Financial assistance may also be available through your employer.
Does UMCH offer support to adoptive families after the adoption is finalized?
UMCH Family Services provides a range of services to support and help families through a variety of issues that may result due to an adoption. Services include our Post Adoption Program and Family Bridges Program. More information is available on our website.
How do I get started?
The first step in the approval process is completing Pre-Service training. Complete the Pre-Application for Training found on our website or in your information packet to register. Through the Pre-Service classes you will learn more about beginning the home assessment process and the various options to build your family through adoption.