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Adoption & Foster Care

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.
605 Global Way, Litnthilum, Maryland 21090
Toll-free: (888) 200-4005 or in Spanish (877) 236-7831
adoptuskids.org

Adoption by Gentle Care (AGC)

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 Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(800) 824-9633 or (614) 469-0007
adoptionbygentlecare.org

Adoption Circle

Adoption Circle is a licensed adoption agency that offers full adoption services for private domestic and foreign adoptions.
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, Dublin, Ohio 43017
(614) 761-0010 or call (614) 584-1520 for After-Hours Referrals
adriel.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, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 846-6265
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
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, visitation services, case management, alternative education day treatment, Permanent Family Solutions Network
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 (800) 859-5665, option 1 Toll-free
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, transitional housing for individuals and families fleeing from abusive homes; case management, food and emergency assistance and more. Their community center, Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, provides support to the Hispanic community in Central Ohio through food and emergency assistance, nutrition and English classes, and health, employment and legal referrals.

  • 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 or HandsOn Central Ohio: (614) 341-2282
  • 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 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

  • 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
  • Community Training Programs: (614) 722-4830
  • 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.
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. The information and referral “WarmLine” is for parents and primary caregivers who may be struggling and need someone to talk to for information and guidance.
WarmLine: (614) 459-2833 or (614) 571-8117
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
davethomasfoundation.org

Disability Rights Ohio

Provides legal advocacy and rights protection throughout Ohio to a wide range of people with disabilities. This includes assisting individuals with problems such as abuse, neglect, discrimination, access to assistive technology devices, special education, housing, employment, community integration, voting and rights protection issues within the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
200 Civic Center Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-7264 or (800) 282-9181 (Toll-free in Ohio only)
(614) 728-2553 TTY or (800) 858-3542 TTY (Toll-free in Ohio only)
disabilityrightsohio.org

Dungarvin Ohio

A licensed foster care agency serving youth with developmental disabilities. They offer several services including foster care, in-home services, respite care and developmental services. They support children and adults living in Franklin, Delaware, Pickaway, Union and Montgomery County
6555 Busch Boulevard, Columbus, Ohio 43229
(614) 436-7440 or (800) 646-4612 Toll-free
dungarvin.com

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.
Capital University Law School
303 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 236-6730
familyyouthlaw.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 2018 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
helpmykid.org
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, 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. Healthy Foster Care America is an initiative of the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics) and its partners.
345 Park Boulevard, Itasca, Illinois 60143
(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.

  • 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
  • HEAP Assistance & Central Intake: (866) 747-1038
  • Workforce Development/Employment Plus Program & Re-entry Work Readiness: (614) 252-2799
  • HWAP & AEP Program: (614) 453-1603 or (614) 453-1691
  • Rental, Household Item & Water Utility Assistance: (866) 747-1040
  • Mobile Medical Unit: (614) 453-1708
  • Computer Literacy: (614) 453-1616
  • Financial Services: (614) 453-1620
  • Youth Program/AMP (Achieve More & Prosper): (614) 453-1659 or (614) 233-2671

impactca.org
AMP website: jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/amp

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, Gahanna, Ohio 43230
(614) 478-5448
lifestartinc.com

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP)

Program: 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 Toll-free
  • 1303 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 252-6927 or (800) 256-5001 Toll-free
  • 15 North Third Street, Newark, Ohio 43055
    (740) 349-7511 or (800) 553-9701 Toll-free
  • 431 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (614) 227-9420

(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

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. They also offer phone consultation and materials to address parents’ questions about adoption subsidies for children with special needs.
970 Raymond Avenue, Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114
(651) 644-3036
nacac.org

Ohio Adoption

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) Office of Families and Children 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.
Physical Address: 4200 East Fifth Street, Columbus, Ohio 43208
Mailing Address: PO Box 183204, Columbus, Ohio 43208
(614) 466-1213 or (866) 886-3537, option 4
jfs.ohio.gov/oapl

Ohio Children’s Alliance (formerly known as 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. Their website contains advocacy information and helpful resources, as well as a directory of members and services and referral form for services throughout Ohio.
2600 Corporate Exchange Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43231
(614) 461-0014
ohiochildrensalliance.org

Ohio Department of Health Adoption Information

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
odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/know-our-programs/vital-statistics/Adoption-File-Information

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
ofcaonline.org

Ohio Guidestone

Provides counseling and treatment services for children and adults, pregnancy and parenting support, respite care, domestic violence shelter, and foster care services; job training and placement, GED assistance, 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
    (888) 522-9174
  • Lancaster Office
    111 South Broad Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130
    (888) 522-9174
  • Central Administration
    434 Eastland Road, Berea, Ohio 44017
    General Information: (440) 234-2006
    Service Inquires: (440) 260-8300
    Client Crisis Line: (440) 260-8595

(800) 639-4974 Toll-free
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)

A membership-driven association of Ohio’s county Public Children Services Agencies that advocates for and supports child protection program and public policy for safe children, stable families, and supportive communities. 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, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 224-5802
pcsao.org/programs/kinship

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.
Central Ohio Referral: (614) 210-3267
National: safe-families.org
Local:

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 (877) 521-2682 Toll-free
cova.org

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
Intake: (614) 729-2024 or (888) 590-7239
safy.org/ohio

St. Vincent Family Center (SVFC)

Provides mental health intervention and treatment services to youth ages 3-18 and their families who have emotional and behavioral challenges. Their specialized behavioral health treatment services include: outpatient and inpatient services (home-based and school-based), therapeutic preschools and after school programs, support for foster families and more. They provide the same services to Hispanic / Latino children. Therapies can be billed to Medicaid and a variety of insurances.
1490 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
(614) 252-0731 or (614) 824-5437, ask for Intake
svfc.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: 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
  • 5340 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43213
  • 5975 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43231
  • 50 Old Village Road, Columbus, Ohio 43228
  • 1033 High Street, Worthington, Ohio 43085

(614) 855-5020
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) 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. Other programs include daytime and evening GED prep classes, English as a Second Language (ESL), Ohio Benefit Bank counseling, 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)

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.
825 Grandview Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215

  • Foster Care Placement: (614) 313-2497
  • Behavioral Health Referral: (614) 610-4191
  • Client Satisfaction or Grievances: (614) 285-3761
  • Billing or Payment: (614) 285-3752
  • General Questions or Concerns: (614) 258-9927

yasohio.org