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Adoption & Foster Care

Ohio Foster Care & Adoption

Provides foster care and adoption education and resources. Get current information about new adoption laws, changes in policy, upcoming Ohio adoption community events and resources to help birth families. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Office of Families and Children provides a 40-page adoption guide with information about the adoption process in Ohio.

Adopt U.S. Kids

Provides information and resources online and over the phone to families interested in fostering and adopting, as well as publications and resources for child welfare workers and agencies. They offer the only federally funded national photolisting of children and youth in foster care in the U.S. who are available for adoption.
(888) 200-4005 or (877) 236-7831 in Spanish
adoptuskids.org

Adoption by Gentle Care (AGC)

A licensed nonprofit 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 Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 469-0007 or (800) 824-9633 Toll-free
adoptionbygentlecare.org

Adoption Circle

A licensed adoption agency that offers full adoption services for private domestic and foreign adoptions. They also provide supportive services for pregnant women considering adoption.
400 South Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 237-7222 or (800) 927-7222 or text (614) 398-2367
adoptioncircle.org

Adriel School

Provides respite care, on-site counseling and treatment for foster youth and youth with special needs throughout Ohio, as well as family preservation programming. Referrals may be made to their foster care program by agencies, parents or legal guardians. They also assist families in the adoption process.
Dublin Office: 5940 Venture Drive, Suite A, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 761-0010 or call (614) 584-1520 for After-Hours Referrals
adriel.org

Alicia’s Closet

Serves foster families in the Central Ohio area by providing infant to teen sized clothing, shoes, coats, backpacks, toys, baby accessories and other essentials, at no cost to families. Visit the website for additional contact information.
(614) 398-2203
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068
aliciasclosetcolumbus.org

Bair Foundation

Offers several services, including foster care, foster-to-adoption and kinship care services. They also provide respite care and other supportive services for their foster families.
Local Office: 665 East Dublin-Granville Road, Suite 290, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 846-6265 or (888) 705-3577 Toll-free
bair.org

Bridges to Success

Provides guidance and supportive services to young adults who left foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 as they transition to adulthood. They offer services in housing, education, employment and help youth with getting health insurance, finding a doctor or improving physical or mental health in any way.

  • Central Region
    (614) 655-8259
    Counties:  Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Hardin, Hocking, Jackson, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross, Union, Vinton
  • Southeast Region
    (614) 869-3889
    Counties:  Athens, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Tuscarawas, Washington

bridgestosuccess.jfs.ohio.gov

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, case management, alternative education day treatment, Permanent Family Solutions Network
Eligibility: 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.

  • East Main Street
    4653 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 875-2371
    Offerings: Same Day Access, Permanent Family Solutions Network (PFSN), Foster Care, Bridges, Clinical community Based Programs, Outpatient, Medication Management
  • Grove City
    5665 Hoover Road, Grove City, Ohio 43123
    (614) 875-2371
    Offerings: Residential programs, Outpatient counseling, and Training
  • West Broad (Hilltop)
    2865 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 875-2371
    Offerings: Same Day Access, The Bonner Academy at Cross Creek, Outpatient Counseling, Home-Based Services, and Multisystemic Therapy Team (MST)
  • Columbus – My Place
    1625 East Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 875-2371
    Offerings: Transitional Living Facility
  • Newark
    195 Union Street, Suite B-3, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (800) 859-5665

Intake: (614) 384-7798
buckeyeranch.org

Catholic Social Services

A faith-based organization that provides family support services to help families thrive. Their services and programs include counseling, post adoption services, support for individuals and families fleeing from abusive homes; case management, food and emergency assistance, meals; clothing assistance, English classes, legal and immigration consultations, and more.

  • Columbus
    197 East Gay Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 221-5891
  • West Columbus
    Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
    409 Industry Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 340-7061
  • Newark
    1031 Brice Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 345-2565
  • Zanesville
    Physical Address: 422 Main Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
    Mailing Address: PO Box 3446, Zanesville, Ohio 43702
    (740) 452-5057
  • Portsmouth
    St. Francis Catholic Outreach Center
    2311 Stockham Lane, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
    (740) 353-3185

colscss.org

Center for Family Safety & Healing

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

  • General: (614) 722-8200
  • Adult Counseling Services: (614) 722-8293
  • Child Assessment Center: (614) 722-3278
  • Child & Family Counseling: Intake – (614) 722-8212 or Questions/Concerns – (614) 722-8210
  • Fostering Connections Program: (614) 722-6789

familysafetyandhealing.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.
(800) 394-3366
childwelfare.gov

Coalition of Adoptive Families (COFAF)

Provides education, access to resources and tools for adoptive families. Visit the website for contact information.
facebook.com/coalitionofadoptivefamilies

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, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(800) 275-3832
davethomasfoundation.org

Dungarvin Ohio

A licensed foster care agency serving youth with developmental disabilities. They offer several services including foster care, in-home services, residential services, respite care and developmental services. They support children and adults living in Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, Union and Montgomery County.
294 East Campus View Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43235
(614) 880-6000 or (800) 646-4612 Toll-free
dungarvin.com/locations/ohio

Family & Youth Law Center (FYLaw)

Works within child welfare, adoption, and juvenile justice systems to support positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. They offer direct representation of system-involved youth, advocacy, training and education. Many offerings are free.
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 236-6730
familyyouthlaw.org
Legal Advice website: fylawhelp.org

Franklin County Children Services (FCCS)

Individuals can report child abuse or neglect in Franklin County through their 24-hour child abuse hotline or visit the office in person. Emergency placement can be provided for at-risk children and teens. When appropriate, temporary placement with relatives, foster homes, or treatment centers are coupled with services to support family reunification and reduce the level of risk to the child. They also provide information about adoptable kids and the adoption process. View the 2020 FCCS Community Resource Guide.

  • Main Office
    855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 275-2571
  • Intake, Assessment and Investigations
    4071 East Main Street, Whitehall, Ohio 43213
    (614) 229-7100
  • Provider Agency Concerns
    855 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 275-2621

24-hour Child Abuse Hotline: (614) 229-7000
General Questions: (614) 229-7100
childrenservices.franklincountyohio.gov

Franklin County Family & Children First Council (FCFC)

Helps children and families in need or involved with multiple systems (like mental health, developmental disabilities, Franklin County Children Services, court, school) through service coordination. Their family-focused approach identifies and coordinates resources to better the lives of Franklin County youth, at no cost.
2760 Airport Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43219
(614) 407-9040
facebook.com/FranklinCountyFCFC

Franklin County Probate Court – Adoption

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, 22nd Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 525-3840
probate.franklincountyohio.gov/departments/adoption

Grandfamilies.org

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.
grandfamilies.org

Healthy Foster Care America (HFCA)

Provides information for young adults, families and professionals related to foster care, health and health insurance.
(800) 433-9016, ext. 6273
aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-foster-care-america

IMPACT Community Action

Provides income-based case management services, emergency assistance services, financial services, computer literacy and workforce development programs. Most of the programs are for Franklin County residents living at or below 125% of the Federal Poverty Level. Visit the website or call for more information.

  • Emergency assistance services: household items, burial support, rent/mortgage, transportation, water and energy (HEAP) assistance, food giveaways during the summer
  • Empowerment services: computer classes, financial services, re-entry program, programs for foster youth and youth, ages 14-24 not enrolled in school and are not employed (AMP program), workforce development/employment, vocational training and certification, mobile medical unit in partnership with the Breathing Association
  • Energy assistance services: free home repairs through their Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) and energy efficient lighting and refrigerator/freezer replacement through their AEP Program

700 Bryden Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • General: (614) 252-2799
  • Emergency Assistance: (866) 747-1038
  • AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1709 or (614) 233-2671

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp
Franklin County Housing Stabilization Coalition: stablehousingcoalition.org

Life Start

As a licensed foster care agency serving children and adults up to age 21 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.
1329 Cherry Way Drive, Suite 600, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 478-5448
lifestartinc.com

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Serves: Youth & Teens
Program:
 offers an array of therapeutic and family foster care services, kinship care, parent education, community-based and home-based behavioral/mental health services, group living care; independent and transitional living services, case management, adoption, emergency shelter care; substance abuse treatment, services for sexually reactive children and youth and for youth involved in the juvenile justice system
Eligibility: 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
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (800) 256-5001
  • 431 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9420
  • 15 North Third Street, Suite 300, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511
  • 2112 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 755-4500

1801 Watermark Drive, Suite 200, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(877) 692-7226 Toll-free
nyap.org

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Education Classes

Offers a range of free and low cost classes for children, teens, adults and parents of infants and kids of all ages and abilities. Find courses on everything from babysitting and parenting to CPR training, autism and diabetes. Example classes include:

  • Active Parenting
  • Adoption Academy – collaboration with Family & Youth Law Center to provide in-depth classes on foreign and domestic adoptions
  • ADHD Academy – for parents or caregivers of children with ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Academy – topic specific programs for parents and educators
  • Autism Teaching Strategies – for teachers
  • Basic Babysitter Training Class
  • Community Education for Diabetes
  • Parenting Your Child With Autism – for parents
  • Sibshops – for brothers and sisters of children with autism

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 355-0662
nationwidechildrens.org/education-classes
Family and Youth Law Center (Adoption Academy): familyyouthlaw.org/academy.php

Necco

Is a private therapeutic organization that license foster parents who provide a safe and nurturing home to youth from birth to 18 years old.
9482 Wedgewood Boulevard, Suite 200, Powell, Ohio 43065
(614) 444-2273
necco.org
facebook.com/NeccoColumbusOH

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)

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.
970 Raymond Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114
(651) 644-3036
nacac.org

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles ID R Kids

Parents can apply for an Ohio ID card for their children locally (with the sites listed online), and there is no minimum age. Obtaining Ohio photo ID cards for children helps authorities in the event that the child is reported missing.
1970 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
(844) 644-6268
bmv.ohio.gov/dl-id-idrkids.aspx

Ohio Children’s Alliance

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 advocacy information.
2600 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43231
(614) 461-0014
ohiochildrensalliance.org

Ohio Education & Training Voucher (ETV) Program

This federally-funded, state-administered program helps youth who were in U.S. foster care. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students.
(855) 471-1931
fc2sprograms.org/ohio
Foster Care to Success national website: fc2sprograms.org

Ohio Family Care Association (OFCA)

They provide programs that educate, support, and advocate for adoptive, foster, kinship and respite families impacted by Ohio’s child protection system. They keep members informed about the latest news related to adoption and foster care.
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 222-2712
Warmline: (800) 228-3014
ofcaonline.org

Ohio Guidestone

Serves: Single Adults & Families, Youth & Teens
Provides counseling and treatment services for children and adults, pregnancy and parenting support, respite care, domestic violence shelter, and foster care services, as well as substance abuse and addiction recovery that include peer support and housing, and more.

  • Central Ohio Office
    195 North Grant Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Marion County Office
    1199 Delaware Ave, Marion, Ohio 43302
  • Lancaster Office
    111 South Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

(844) 622-5564
Crisis Line: (440) 260-8595
ohioguidestone.org

Open Arms Adoptions

Full service private adoption agency offers counseling from social workers to pregnant women who are thinking about adoption. They provide the needed services to families seeking to adopt infants or children from foster care. Services are given to birth parents, adoptive parents and all family members.
Central Ohio Office: 11 North High Street, Canal Winchester, Ohio 43110
(614) 349-1510
openarmsadopt.com

Public Children Services Association of Ohio (PCSAO)

Advocates for and supports child protection program and public policy for safe children, stable families, and supportive communities. They also provide leadership opportunities for young people (aged 14-24) who have experienced foster care. Go online to find resources and information, referrals, and follow-up services to grandparents and other relatives raising children through kinship care.
37 West Broad Street, Suite 1100, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-5802
pcsao.org

Safe Families for Children

A foster care alternative for children and parents. Local families volunteer to host children in their home for a few days or a few weeks, while the parent can recover from difficult circumstances or emergencies. The families complete an approval process that includes training, background checks, references and a home assessment. Hosted children are monitored by one of their Family Coaches and the child’s parents.
296 West Fourth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
(614) 210-3267
National: safe-families.org
Local:

Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth (SAFY) of Ohio

Provides therapeutic foster care, in-home and community-based behavioral health, adoption services; family preservation and reunification programs, and older youth services to preserve families and strengthen youth. Anyone can make a referral. Their services help youth from infant to age 18 and older throughout Ohio. They also offer free classes to support parents and guardians of youth participating in SAFY programs. Visit the website for other Ohio offices.
Columbus Office: 4615 Hilton Corporate Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43232
(614) 729-2024 or (888) 590-7239 Toll-free
safy.org/ohio

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Provides behavioral health intervention and treatment services to youth with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Program: outpatient and inpatient services (home-based and school-based), telehealth, therapeutic preschools and after school programs, residential care, and support for foster families. They provide specialized services to Hispanic / Latino children.
Eligibility: youth ages 3-18 years old
Cost: therapies can be billed to Medicaid and a variety of insurances
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 824-5437, ask for Intake
svfc.org

Stitched Together

Provides Hope Cases filled with comfort items and essentials items for kids (newborn to 18 years old) entering the foster care system, with the goal of providing kids with hope in an uncertain time. Foster families and kinship families can reach when they are placed with a child coming into care for the first time. The program is free.
(614) 285-5224
stitchedtogethercolumbus.org

United Methodist Children’s Home (UMCH) Family Services

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: 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
(614) 855-5020
umchohio.org

Village Network

Program: juvenile court programs, 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: 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
  • 460 West Central Avenue, Delaware, Ohio 43015
    (740) 363-7234
  • 14 Sandalwood Drive, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 788-8850
  • 107 Howard Street, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 392-1450
  • 17606 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
    (740) 397-7582

(800) 638-3232
thevillagenetwork.org

Vineyard Community Center

Offers a variety of services and programs some include an early childhood center, after-school and summer programs, sports and exercise programs, a free health clinic and free legal clinic, as well as immigration counseling services (DACA). Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), programs for homeschoolers, men’s and women’s support and recovery groups, marriage and parenting programs, financial counseling, career development services, dance, art, and music classes, and much more.
6000 Cooper Road, Westerville, Ohio 43081
(614) 259-5500
vineyardcommunitycenter.org

Youth Advocate Services (YAS)

Program: Provides behavioral health, early childhood, traditional and therapeutic foster care, pre- and post-adoption support and community respite services for youth and families around the central Ohio region.
Eligibility: ages (4 and older) vary by service and intervention
Cost: contact organization
Referral: individuals may refer themselves or be referred by a physician or organization
2323 West Fifth Avenue, Suite 150, Columbus, Ohio 43204

  • Foster Care Placement: (614) 313-2497
  • Behavioral Health Referral: (614) 610-4191
  • Billing or Payment: (614) 428-0278
  • General Questions or Concerns: (614) 285-3754

(614) 258-9927
yasohio.org