How to Find an Adoptive Family in Ohio

If you’re pregnant and considering adoption in Ohio you might already have an image in your head of the type of family you’d love your baby to grow up with. But you might not know how to find adoptive parents with whom you can entrust the most important task: raising and loving your child.

These common questions from people looking for adoptive parents for their baby can help give you an idea of how to choose adoptive parents:

How many families want to adopt in Ohio?

There’re 2 million couples waiting to adopt in the United States. That means that for every baby that’s placed for adoption, 36 adoption waiting families are hoping to be matched with that child. So if you’re looking for adoptive parents in Ohio, there are hundreds of couples waiting to adopt that you can choose from.

Can I pick a family to adopt my baby?

Yes! Every decision in the Ohio adoption process belongs to you. This includes the selection of a family waiting to adopt in Ohio or anywhere in the country.

How do I choose someone to adopt my baby?

It can be helpful to ask yourself questions about the type of potential adoptive family you envision your baby growing up with, such as:

  • Do they have any siblings? Are they part of a big family or a small one?

  • Do they have pets?

  • Where do they travel on family trips?

  • Where do they live? In the country? By the ocean? In the mountains?

  • What are their parents like? Are they religious? Do they have fun hobbies? Unusual traditions?

  • How often do you want to keep in touch with the adoptive family afterwards? Frequently? Sometimes? Not at all?

Finding adoptive parents that you’re compatible with and that you feel are right for your baby is important for both your child as well as yourself. An open adoption allows you to continue to have a relationship with this family after the adoption; as closely or loosely connected as you feel comfortable with. So “clicking” with an adoptive family is a good sign that you’ve found your child’s parents!

Do the parents have to live in Ohio, or can people from a different state adopt my baby?

An adoptive family can live anywhere within the country when you work with a national adoption agency like American Adoptions. Smaller, local adoption agencies and adoption attorneys are restricted to working with birth and adoptive parents within their area of Ohio. But national adoption agencies can work with anyone, anywhere in all 50 states. Here’s why that may be helpful to you:

  • Birth and adoptive parents will be matched together based on shared goals for an adoption, because there are more couples looking to adopt for expectant mothers to choose from

  • Adoptive families have a shorter adoption wait time because more expectant mothers in all 50 states are viewing their adoption profiles

  • The adoptive parents will likely travel to you in Ohio so that you can meet in person before the baby is born

Some birth mothers want adoptive parents in Ohio. They like that the adoptive family lives in the same state as them. Others feel that they need some physical distance post-adoption, and are seeking adoptive parents outside of Ohio. That choice is completely yours to make.

American Adoptions is here to help you find your baby’s family in any state in the U.S.

I already have people who want to adopt my baby—what should I do next?

You can just skip over the part in the OH adoption process where you search for families looking to adopt, and we’ll complete the adoption from there.

Remember that even if you already know prospective parents looking to adopt a newborn, you should always go through an adoption professional to protect your safety and adoption rights. This is also because:

  • Agency-signed adoptive parents have been thoroughly screened and approved to adopt on both a state and federal level.

  • Birth parents can only receive free adoption services through licensed agencies, including medical care, counseling services, legal representation, post-adoption benefits and more.

  • Agencies like American Adoptions can help facilitate post-adoption contact with birth and adoptive families for up to 18 years, so you’ll never accidentally lose contact with the family.

By working with a licensed Ohio adoption agency, the birth and adoptive parents, and most importantly, your baby, are all emotionally, financially, and legally protected even after the adoption.

Learn more about how to find adoptive parents in Ohio, or start looking for adoptive parents by calling 1-800-ADOPTION now.





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