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Adoption & Foster Care

Adopt Ohio

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides a 40-page adoption guide with extensive information about the adoption process in Ohio, including a glossary of adoption terms and a listing of public and private adoption agencies in Ohio. They also have a statewide adoption information hotline.
50 West Town Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-1213 or (866) 886-3537, option 4

Adopt U.S. Kids

Dedicated to finding permanent, loving adoptive families for the thousands of U.S. children who are currently waiting in foster care. This website is sponsored by the U.S. government and allows prospective adoptive parents an opportunity to search for children by looking through their photolistings. Call the toll-free number for information about adoption and foster care.
605 Global Way, Litnthilum, Maryland 21090
(888) 200-4005

Adoption by Gentle Care

Gentle Care is a licensed adoption agency that specializes in private domestic adoptions. They provide adoption home studies and post-placement visits, services for adoptive parents and services for birth mothers. Their website has helpful information for those considering adoption and information about the six step process to adoption.
370 South 5th Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 824-9633 or (614) 469-0007

Adoption Circle

Adoption Circle is a licensed adoption agency that offers full adoption services for private domestic and foreign adoptions.
One Americana, 400 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 237-7222

Adriel School

Provides services throughout Ohio for foster youth with special needs, with the goal of helping foster children return home to their families. They serve children from birth to age 21 and work on adoption if return to family is not possible. Referrals may be made to their foster care program by agencies, parents or legal guardians. They also provide on-site counseling and treatment for youth.
5940 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 761-0010 or (614) 584-1520

Aging Out of Foster Care? Help with the Transition

Make plans to stay healthy as an adult. This brochure has specific resources for foster kids who are older and starting to age out of the foster care system. The brochure has a toolkit, information about insurance coverage and benefits.
Foster Care Transition

Bair Foundation

Offers several services, including adoption, foster care, kinship care and independent living services. They provide respite care for their foster families as well.
665 Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(888) 705-3577 or (614) 846-6265

Buckeye Ranch

Provides foster care services at their Broad Street location. Referrals are typically through mental health and government organizations (such as FCCS). They provide respite services and work with foster youth with special needs as well.
2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
(614) 471-2626

Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation provides background information on kinship care as well as resources to support, strengthened and educate families and caregivers.  Their kinship page has a great overview of the facts, benefits and challenges of kinship care.
701 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 547-6600

Catholic Social Services

Offers post-adoption counseling for adults and maintains a list of post-adoption resources on their website.
197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 857-1218

Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA) Transition Youth Services

Helps teens with mental illnesses and other disabilities. They provide free transitional services to foster kids exiting Franklin County Children Services, ages 18 to 21, who are leaving home care and need help becoming independent. This includes accessing housing, education, and employment, as well as other needs. High school students above age 16 with emotional disturbances receive career skills to help them transition from school to work.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 291-7117

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Provides a lot of information and resources regarding foster care and adoption and was developed by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services. Users can search the national foster care and adoption directory to find foster care and adoption resources in their area.
1250 Maryland Avenue, Washington, DC 20024
(800) 394-3366

Coalition of Adoptive Families (COFAF)

Provides education, access to resources and tools for adoptive families.  They offer parent-to-parent discussion groups as well as camp for kids, adoptee blogs and domestic and international adoption programs.

Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Provides free adoption resources and adoption facts. Their resource page contains information about domestic infant adoptions, international adoptions, financial help, special needs adoptions, foster care adoptions and more.
716 Mount Airyshire Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(800) 275-3832

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services-OLRS)

Helps people throughout Ohio who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental impairments. The intake department can be contacted toll-free for confidential services. They can assist with cases of abuse, neglect, discrimination, public assistance denials and other services. Their Client Assistance Program (CAP) helps people applying for or receiving services from the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation or the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired. Their website has a lot of information about the following issues and local agencies that can help.

  • Getting School Special Education Services
  • Getting School Therapies and Transportation
  • Early Intervention Developmental Evaluations
  • Assistive Technology
  • Service Animals
  • Jobs & Colleges
  • Disability Laws & Future Planning
  • Special Transportation Resources
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing
  • Blind & Low Vision
  • Kinship Care
  • Respite Care
  • Tax Preparation
  • Bedbugs

50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or (800) 858-3542 TTY

Dungarvin Ohio

Dungarvin is a licensed foster care agency serving youth with developmental disabilities. They offer several services in Franklin County (and several other counties), including foster care, in-home services, respite care (for parents who need time away from their children) and developmental services.
6555 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(800) 646-4612 or (614) 436-7440

Franklin County Children’s Services

Provides information about adoptable kids, the adoption process and foster care. There is no fee for adoptive placement, and financial help is available. They also provide information on kinship care (when a relative or non-relative takes over the full-time care of a child). Kinship care services inclide home visits, support groups and possible material assistance.
855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 275-2571

Franklin County Probate Court

Finalizes all adoptions in Franklin County. Those wishing to adopt are required to have a personal and home investigation to insure their suitability as adoptive parents. Their website has helpful information about starting the adoption process in Ohio.
373 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3894

Healthy Foster Care America

Youth that leave foster care at age 18 years or older and are under age 26 can get Medicaid health insurance coverage until they are 26 years old. It is a provision of the Affordable Care Act. Find out more online and sign up.

Life Start

As a licensed foster care agency serving children and adults with special needs and disabilities in Franklin County and its neighboring counties, they provide extensive foster family support. They help children with machine dependency, tube feeds, mental retardation, autism and other special needs.
142 North High Street, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 478-5448

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Offers counseling services for foster children and adolescents throughout central Ohio. They also provide sex offender treatment services for youth and in-home programs for teens with aggressive or violent behaviors. They offer emergency and specialized foster care services, in addition to respite care and alcohol and drug programs. They take foster care referrals and help connect foster children with resources in the community.

  • 24-Hour Centralized Intake: (877) 692-7226 or (614)-227-9444
  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (800) 256-5001 or (614) 252-6927

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Adoption Academy

Provided by Capital University Law School and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the Adoption Academy provides in-depth classes on foreign and domestic adoptions for a minimal fee.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662

The Center for Family Safety & Healing Fostering Connections Program

Fully addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.  They offer a contiuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals who have experienced family violence. The Fostering Connections Program provides a specialized foster care clinic offering comprehensive health care services to children and adolescents placed in out-of-home care.  The clinic coordinates the medical care and streamlines access to behavioral health services as well. The Center for Family Safety & Healing also offers free support groups to parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers through their Incredible Years Help Me Grow Program.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722-8200

North American Council on Adoptable Children

Committed to meeting the needs of waiting children and the families who adopt them, they offer information and support to adoptive families and prospective adopters. Families can search their database of parent groups to find support groups in the area. They also offer phone consultation and materials to address parents’ questions about adoption subsidies for children with special needs.
970 Raymond Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114
(651) 644-3036


Offers counseling services for early childhood mental health, maternal depression, psychiatric health, mentoring and foster care. They have a range of flexible and customized programs designed to address every aspect of self, family and community needs. Contact directly for information.
195 North Grant Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 522-9174 or (614) 573-8690

Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies (OACCA)

Their website contains helpful resources relating to juvenile justice, foster care, adoption, kinship care (relatives and non-relatives raising children) and information for youth transitioning from the foster system to adulthood, as well as a referral form for services throughout Ohio.
1151 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 461-0014

Ohio Department of Health Adoption Registry

Houses birth and adoption records for people born in Ohio and adopted anywhere in the United States. Their website has a list of adoption laws and procedures that are used in Ohio, as well as the Ohio Adoption Registry, which provides a confidential and voluntary way for adopted Ohioans and their biological families to find one another.
246 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-2531

Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA)

They provide programs that educate, support, and advocate for adoptive, foster, kinship and respite families. Serves as the statewide voice for adoptive and foster families in Ohio. They educate Ohio’s policymakers about the needs of abused, neglected and dependent children. They also keep members informed about the latest news related to adoption and foster care and provide a warm line for families who are experiencing difficulties related to out-of-home care by providing referral to local agencies for support.
1151 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 401-6322

Ohio Family Care Association

Serves as the voice and advocates for adoptive, foster, kinship and respite families. Ensures that children have a safe home through education and advocacy.   Connects families to resources at the local and state level.
1151 Bethel Road, Columbus, Ohio 43220
(614) 401-OFCA(6322)

Ohio Post-Adoption Special Services Subsidy (PASSS)

Families may apply for PASSS funds (up to $10,000 per year) after the adoption is finalized. The funds help families pay for costs related to a child’s physical, developmental, mental, or emotional handicap or condition. There is no fixed income limit, and the funds are available to all adoptive families, with the the exception of step parent adoptions, regardless of the type of adoption (public or private, domestic or international). More information can be found in Ohio’s 20-page adoption subsidies guide or by contacting the children services agency in your county.
855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 341-6060

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)

Provides free legal advice to people with a low income throughout Ohio. Click to read their brochure After Foster Care: What Next?, which is for young adults who have aged out of the foster care system. Their website below also has a lot of information about local rules and regulations regarding adoptions and foster care, legal rights of teenage mothers and homeless youth.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(866) LAW-OHIO or (866) 529-6446

Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO)

Provides information, referrals, and follow-up services to grandparents and other relatives raising children.  They assist the kinship caregivers by linking them to benefits.  They also have the Family’s Guide to Fostering, Foster-to-Adopt and Adoption with Ohio’s public child protection system, in Spanish and English.
510 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215
(614) 224-5802

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY)

Provides services throughout Ohio, including a program for foster children who are “aging-out” of the foster care system, a foster care program for children with developmental disabilities and special needs, pre-adoption and post-adoption services, respite care for families who need time away from their children and a juvenile justice program for teenagers in trouble with the law.
4615 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(888) 590-7239 or (614) 729-2024

The Grandfamilies State Law & Policy Resource Center

Provides national resources in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system.  You can find information on current and pending laws, adoption, financial help, special guardian options and more.  Visit GrandFacts for connections to local supports, resources, programs, and benefits.

United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) Family Services

Two locations offer services to adoptive and foster care families.
Program: Provides foster care and adoption services, addresses anger management, independent living skills, and self-development.  Also assists families in preparing for adoption.  Post-adoption services provide clinical counseling and support for adopted children who may be struggling with day to day functioning.
Eligibility: males and females, ages 3 to 18
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance and self-pay (sliding scale fees based on income)
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
Adoption Services: 1033 North High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085
(614) 855-5020

Village Network

Provides several services throughout Ohio, including programs for youth ages 10 to 18 who need intensive mental health services, a juvenile sex offender program, a program for foster families who need time away from their children (respite services) and foster programs for kids with special needs and mental health issues.
1751 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
(614) 253-8050

Vineyard Community Center Chosen 4 Love

Chosen 4 Love is a community of families with a passion for adoption, foster care and caring for orphans. They serve as a resource for adoptive families and for people who are considering becoming foster or adoptive parents. They meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 781-0392

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Offers services for at-risk children, including emergency, short-term crisis intervention services for youth who are unable to continue in their current living situation, foster care services for youth who have problem behaviors, respite care services for parents who need time away from their children, foster parent training, mental health services and help transitioning youth to a family home or foster family placement.
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 258-9927