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Adoption & Foster Care

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

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.
4200 East Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 466-1213 or (866) 886-3537, option 4
http://jfs.ohio.gov/oapl

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
www.adoptuskids.org

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
www.adoptionbygentlecare.org

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
www.adoptioncircle.org

Adriel School

Provides respite care for foster youth and youth with special needs throughout Ohio. They also provide on-site counseling and treatment for foster youth. Referrals may be made to their foster care program by agencies, parents or legal guardians.
5940 Venture Drive, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 761-0010
adriel.org

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
www.bair.org

Buckeye Ranch

The Buckeye Ranch provides family-focused mental health treatment and services for behavioral, emotional and substance-abuse disorders to children and families.
Programs: in-home treatment, intensive and non-intensive residential treatment, family and outpatient counselingfoster care services, transitional living services, visitation services, case management, alternative education day treatment, animal-assisted therapy, Permanent Family Solutions Network, Adventure Therapy
Eligibility: males and females, ages vary per program
Cost
: Fees range depending on the type of care needed, some service costs are offset by Medicaid, or the client’s local Alcohol, Drug, and Mental Health Board
Referral
: For in-home and office-based services, individuals may refer themselves or be referred by their doctor. For residential services, referrals must come from the courts, the county or another referring agency.

  • Grove City
    5665 Hoover Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 875-2371
    Offerings: Diagnostic Assessments, Residential programs, Outpatient counseling, and Training
  • East Broad
    697 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 384-7700
    Offerings: Outpatient Counseling, Diagnostic Assessments, Foster Care, and Permanent Family Solutions Network
  • West Broad (Hilltop)
    2865 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 875-2371
    Offerings: The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek, Outpatient Counseling, Home-Based Services (non-intensive and intensive), and Multisystemic Therapy Team (MST)
  • Columbus – The Rosemont Center
    2440 Dawnlight Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211
    (614) 471-2626
    Offerings: Foster Care, Common Ground, The Bonner Academy at Rosemont, and Community-Based Programs
  • Columbus – My Place
    1625 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 875-2371
    Offerings: Transitional Living Facility
  • Heath
    600 Industrial Parkway, Heath, Ohio 43056
    (800) 536-2433
    Offerings: Foster Care, Outpatient Counseling

Intake: (614) 384-7798 or toll free at (800) 859-5665, option 1
buckeyeranch.org

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
www.aecf.org

Catholic Social Services Post Adoption 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
colscss.org

Southeast, Inc. Center of Vocational Alternatives (COVA)

Professionals work with teens and young adults with mental, emotional and social barriers to transition to work and achieve independent living. They offer free job readiness, pre-employment, and transitional services.
3770 North High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43214
(614) 294-7117 or Toll Free (877) 521-2682
cova.org

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
childwelfare.gov/nfcad

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.
http://coalitionofadoptivefamilies.org

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
www.davethomasfoundation.org

Disability Rights Ohio (formerly Ohio Legal Rights Services)

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio for people who are developmentally disabled, mentally ill or have other physical and mental disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, voting, community integration, and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
50 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 282-9181 or TTY (800) 858-3542
disabilityrightsohio.org

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
www.dungarvin.com

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 include home visits, support groups and possible material assistance.
855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 275-2571
childrenservices.franklincountyohio.gov

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
www.probate.franklincountyohio.gov

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 (ACA). Find out more online and sign up.
www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-foster-care-america

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
www.lifestartinc.com

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Program: NYAP offers an array of therapeutic and family foster care services, community-based behavioral health services and home based services, respite care, case management, adoption, emergency shelter care, substance abuse counseling, services for sexually reactive children and youth and for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and parent services
Eligibility: males and females, ages 5 to 21
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 someone else

  • 527 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9444 or (866) 438-6508
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 252-6927 or (800) 256-5001
  • 15 North Third Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511 or (800) 553-9701
  • 431 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9420

Toll Free (877) 692-7226
nyap.org

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
www.law.capital.edu

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
www.nacac.org

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
www.oacca.org

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
www.odh.ohio.gov

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) 222-2712
www.ofcaonline.org

Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA)

As a non-profit law firm, they oversee several offices that provide representation to low-income Ohioans in 36 Ohio counties. They provide free legal advice to people with a low income throughout Ohio. 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, employment laws, protection orders, housing / public benefits, and school rights.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(866) 529-6446
ohiolegalservices.org/public/legal_problem

OhioGuidestone

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.
Central Ohio office: 195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(888) 522-9174
ohioguidestone.org

Open Arms Adoptions

Full service private adoption agency offers counseling from social workers to pregnant women who are thinking about an adoption plan for their unborn baby.  They provide the needed services to families seeking to adopt infants or children from foster care.  Information and non-judgmental services is given to birth parents, adoptive parents and all family members.
11 North High Street, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
(614) 349-1510
www.openarmsadopt.com

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.
37 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio  43215
(614) 224-5802
www.pcsao.org

St. Vincent Family Foster Care

Provides foster care program. To become a Foster Parent one needs to be able to provide a safe, nurturing and loving home for the child or group of siblings. They provide training classes that teach about foster parenting, expectations, working with the family of origin and working with support staff. St. Vincent Family Center also provides behavioral health prevention, intervention and treatment services to children and families in Columbus and throughout the state of Ohio.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731
svfc.org/foster-care

The Center for Family Safety & Healing

Fully addresses all aspects of family violence including child abuse and neglect, teen dating abuse, domestic violence and elder abuse.  They offer a continuum of research-based prevention, intervention and treatment programs for individuals (like counseling, prenatal/early intervention services, medical services for foster children and community training programs) who have experienced family violence.
655 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 722- 8200
familysafetyandhealing.org

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.
www.grandfamilies.org

United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) Family Services

UMCH Family Services provides homes through their Treatment Foster Care Program, finds homes through their Adoption Program and strengthens homes through their Outpatient Family Mental Health Service Program for children and families in need.
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
431 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Post Adoption Services: (614) 855-5020
Treatment Foster Care & Adoption Services: (614) 559-2800
Outpatient Mental Health Services: (614) 885-5020
umchohio.org

Village Network

Program: juvenile sex offender program, residential treatment, crisis stabilization/intervention and assessment services, treatment foster care, respite care, outpatient behavioral health and substance abuse services, intensive home based treatment, school-based mental health and prevention services
Eligibility: males and females, ages 12 to 18
Cost: government insurance (Medicaid, Molina, Caresource), private insurance, self-pay with a sliding fee scale
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred through the court system or by an organization

  • 1751 East Long Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 253-8050
  • 2000 Integrity Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43209
    (614) 445-7447
  • 615 Sunbury Road, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 363-7234
  • 14 Sandalwood Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 788-8850
  • 2680 North Columbus Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (740) 654-2816
  • 107 Howard Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 397-7568
  • 17606 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 397-7582

(800) 638-3232
thevillagenetwork.org

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
www.vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Provides traditional and therapeutic foster care services in and around the central Ohio region, supports those who are interested in adopting through the Foster Care System with pre- and post-adoption support services. They offer Help Me Grow home visits and early intervention programs that serve children under the age of three with developmental delays and disabilities and provide community respite services for families and caregivers to offer relief during difficult times, including emergency situations.
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 258-9927
yasohio.org