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Allen County Children Services - Adoption, Lima OH

  • Agency Name
  • Allen County Children Services - Adoption
  • Agency Location
  • 123 W. Spring St.
    Lima, OH 45801
  • Contact Phone
  • (419) 227-8590
  • Contact Name
  • License Number
  • Services Offered
  • Adoption
  • Description
  • When children are unable to be safely reunited with their families and are placed in the permanent custody of the agency by Juvenile Court, they become available for adoption. Many of these children are older, have siblings, or special needs. The Special Services Unit recruits adoptive parents from diverse backgrounds and income levels who are committed to giving children a permanent family. After the Special Services Staff prepares families for the adoption experience, they work to locate and match them with children who need a permanent home. Adoptive parents may qualify for financial assistance to help them support their adoptive children. All the children available for adoption are currently in some form of foster care setting. This means the parental rights of the child's parents have been terminated, making the child legally free for adoption. Foster parenting may, under some special circumstances, be an avenue to adoption. Foster parenting can sometimes make it possible for a child to enter your home sooner than if you wait until a particular child becomes available for adoption. In fact, adoptions by former foster parents make up a large percentage of our adoptions.
  • Adoption Process
  • A social worker will be assigned to work with you during the adoption process. The social worker will meet individually or with a group of other prospective adoptive parents to talk with you about adoption and provide information covering such things as child discipline, guidance, etc. Time will be spent talking about you and your family, and you will also have an opportunity to talk about the type of child you think would best fit into your family. While being prepared for adoption, you will be involved in a home study process. After the home study is complete, you and the worker will be ready to determine which child would best fit your family. After the adoption committee meets and recommends you for the child, pre-placement visits will begin. When the planned visits are completed and both you and the child are ready to proceed, arrangements are made for the actual move of the child into your home. Generally the adoption can be finalized about six months to one year after a child is placed with you. The Social Worker will be talking with you and visiting regularly during this period. Then you will go to court, where a judge will declare the child to be a permanent member of your family.
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