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Adoption Services in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus Adoption, Home Studies and More

Columbus Ohio
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Adoption Services for
Birth Parents and Adoptive Families

 

Are you considering adoption in Columbus, Ohio? If you are looking for adoption agencies in Columbus, Ohio, call Lifetime Adoption Agency. You will receive all the resources and information you need. Our adoption coordinators provide birth parents with the resources and support they need and help hopeful adoptive families grow their families through adoption.

Lifetime Adoption is a nationwide leader in domestic, open adoption. Our adoption coordinators are kind, experienced, and ready to help you with the adoption process. With over three decades of experience connecting birth families and adoptive families, you can have faith in the Lifetime program. You will receive resources such as adoption articles, webinars, counseling, podcasts, and referrals.

Help for Pregnant Women in Columbus

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If you are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy in Columbus, Ohio, Lifetime Adoption can help. Our kind and caring adoption coordinators will work with you to create an adoption plan. You will learn about the open adoption process and receive all the information, guidance, and support you need. Just call or text our adoption coordinators, who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Loving, adoptive parents who are financially and emotionally ready for a new baby can be the best situation for you and your baby. Lifetime Adoption allows you to make the choice of adoptive parents for your baby. You can view Lifetime Adoption family profiles and choose the adoptive family that is perfect for your baby. You can even choose how much contact you will have with the family after the adoption. You can even decide how everything will go at the hospital.

Unexpected expenses can come along with an unplanned pregnancy. These expenses can be hard to cover. If you need assistance, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator may have some answers. In Ohio, you can receive help with:

  • Doctor expenses you incur from prenatal care, delivery, before or following your baby’s birth.
  • Your hospital or other medical facility expenses.
  • Attorney expenses.
  • Your living expenses up to $3,000, provided that they are incurred during pregnancy through the 60th day after your baby’s birth. Living expenses include rental or mortgage payments, utility payments, costs of transportation to work or school, personal care items, food, and household goods.

Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will go over what resources are available for you.

If you are considering adoption for your toddler or young child, Lifetime Adoption can help. Kelly* was working two full-time jobs and still barely making rent. Her mother had been watching her three-year-old while she worked but became ill. With no help from her son’s father, Kelly was exhausted and out of options. She wanted more for her son. She wanted him to play sports and go to a good school. She called Lifetime in tears. Our adoption coordinator listened to her story and set her up with a counselor. They discussed her options, and Kelly decided adoption was the best for her son. Her coordinator helped her pick out a wonderful family that was open to visits. Kelly now gets regular updates and scheduled visits with her son. She is able to work one job now and take care of her Mom.

The Lifetime Adoption coordinators can help you as well. We have many adoptive families interested in adopting toddlers, sibling sets, and special needs children. While choosing adoption is a hard decision and making that call can be difficult, you can depend on finding a kind and non-judgmental adoption coordinator available to speak with. She will answer all of your questions and provide information honestly at Lifetime. Call or text Lifetime Adoption anytime, and we will be there for you.

*Name has been changed for privacy.

Adoption Agencies in Columbus, OH
Lifetime Adoption can help you place your baby with an adoptive family either in the state you live in or another state as a nationwide agency. Your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will guide you through the entire adoption process.

At Lifetime Adoption, you can be sure you will have:

  • Free peer and professional counseling
  • A wide variety of adoptive parents’ profiles to choose from. All have completed home studies and background checks.
  • Support is available 24-hour/seven days a week.
  • Help with pregnancy-related expenses.
  • Continued support after the adoption.
  • And much more!
Adoption Counseling in Columbus
One valuable resource at Lifetime Adoption is peer counseling. Our peer counselors are birth mothers who have experienced their own adoption journey. They will share their experiences with you, listen to you, and offer tips and advice.

Professional counselors are also available. Adoption is a big decision, and a professional counselor can help you navigate the decision-making process. Choosing adoption can create a lot of different emotions. Your professional counselor can help you work through and understand them.

Maternity Hospitals in Columbus
Another benefit of working with a Lifetime Adoption coordinator is the hospital plan she will help you create. She will ask questions, such as:

  • Will you hold your baby after the birth?
  • Who would you like in the room when you go into labor?
  • Would you like to be the first person to hold your baby?
  • Would you like the adoptive parents to come to the hospital?
  • Would you like to go home before or after your baby is released?

Your adoption coordinator will work with the hospital staff and the adoptive parents to make sure they know your wishes and follow them.

In the Columbus area, there are several hospitals with labor and delivery services:

Whichever Columbus hospital you choose to deliver at, your coordinator will work with that hospital. Our Lifetime Adoption coordinators are ready for any situation you might have. They are experienced and have worked with women who have given birth at home and even women who went into labor while traveling out of state.

How to Start the Adoption Process

If you are considering placing your child for adoption in Columbus, your first step is to call or text Lifetime Adoption or go online and fill out the contact form. A Lifetime Adoption coordinator will work with you and guide you through the adoption process. All of the resources and services you need will be provided. An adoption coordinator is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Your adoption coordinator will provide profiles of Lifetime adoptive families, which can be viewed online. You can learn all about them, their lifestyles, and their values. You can view adoptive families by clicking here. You can choose a family who lives in Ohio or somewhere else in the United States. You may want a Catholic adoptive family or a family of another faith. Once you choose a family, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will help you get to know them if that is what you want. Your adoption coordinator be there with you through the entire process.

If you have a need for support or resources in the Columbus area, your Lifetime Adoption coordinator will help you access those resources. Just call or text Lifetime today to get started.

Other Paths to Adoption in Columbus
Foster care in Columbus is an option for some parents who may not be sure if they are going to want to parent in the future. There are times when a baby is born with signs of exposure to substances. In these cases, the County Department of Children and Family Services may decide to place the baby in the foster care program on their own. In both these situations, unfortunately, the decision as to who your baby is placed with or if you will have any contact is not up to you.

Another adoption choice is relative or kinship adoption. In this case, a family member, who is usually blood-related to the child, can adopt your child. Relative adoption can have its own set of challenges. Make sure your relative understands that adoption is permanent. Be sure that boundaries are set, and everyone understands their role.

Which type of adoption is right for you and your baby is something only you can decide. Consider the pros and cons of each adoption option. Your coordinator can answer any question you have and provide all the information you need to decide.

Adopting in Columbus

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Do you dream of going to Legoland Discovery Center or strolling with your child through the Grange Insurance Audubon Center? Is domestic adoption an option you are considering as a way to grow your family? If so, Lifetime Adoption and our adoption coordinators are here to guide you through this exciting journey. Your Lifetime Adoption professional is here to answer all of your questions and provide you with all the information you need. You will learn all about open domestic adoption and what to expect during your adoption process.

Adoption for Adoptive Parents in Columbus

If you are in the Columbus area and are considering adopting a newborn baby or child up to the age of six, contact Lifetime at 727-493-0933. Matching birth mothers and adoptive families are what our experienced Lifetime Adoption coordinators are experts at. You can also visit the Lifetime Adoption website for a free online adoption application for more information.

Adoption Attorneys in Columbus
Part of your adoption journey will be retaining an adoption attorney. Ohio adoption laws can be involved, and it is important that all laws are followed, and a finalization hearing is scheduled at the courthouse. This will all be completed by your adoption attorney. Your adoption coordinator can refer you to a Columbus adoption attorney.
Home Study Services in Columbus
A home study is a requirement for all adoptions. Your Lifetime adoption coordinator will be very happy to refer you to a Columbus Home Study Service provider.
In Columbus, how does the home study process work? You will meet with your home study social worker, have a background check done and provide the following:

  • Financial and Employment Statements such as tax returns, if self-employed -profit and loss statements, and paystubs.
  • Medical Statements from your doctor verifying you are both physically and mentally capable of caring for a child.
  • You will provide three written references from friends or co-workers verifying that you are suitable adoptive parents.
  • Verification of marital status

A home visit will be scheduled by your home study social worker. This visit will establish that you can provide a safe and loving home to raise a child in. The home study social worker will also interview everyone living in the home and your views on parenting, marriage, and family will be asked about. This will all be put into a report to be submitted to the court.

Finalization of Adoption at Court

Your final step on your adoption journey is the finalization of adoption which takes place in court. This happens once you have been matched with a birth mother, your baby has arrived, and your home study is complete.

Ohio adoption law requires that the finalization of adoption will be no less than six months from when you take the baby into your care.

Your adoption attorney will file all of the adoption paperwork at the district courthouse and set a date for the hearing. In Columbus, that will be at your local County Superior Courthouse.

The judge will review your documents and the home study at the adoption finalization hearing, and, once satisfied, will then issue the final decree of adoption. This will be a wonderful occasion and a time to celebrate.

Begin the Adoption Process

To begin the adoption process is easy. Your first step is to fill out our online application. To apply is free and you will not be obligated in any way.
Once your application is reviewed, and you are pre-approved, a Lifetime Adoption coordinator will contact you. The entire Lifetime Adoption program will be explained, and you can ask any questions you might have.

Other Paths to Adoption
Columbus International Adoption Agencies

While Lifetime specializes in domestic adoption, international adoption is another option.
If you choose an international adoption it is important to work with an agency that specializes in adoption in the country you are interested in. Be sure they have a proven track record of successful adoptions in the country of your choice as every country has its own specific laws and regulations. The nations of Africa, China, and Eastern Europe are some of the more popular countries to adopt from. Here are some agencies that specialize in international adoption:

Adopt International

Holt International

Across the World Adoptions

Foster Care Adoption
Another adoption option is foster care adoption. In Columbus, you will reach out to Ohio Foster Adopt and Kinship Care.

To adopt from foster care in Columbus, the requirements are:

You also have the option of viewing children in the foster care system who are waiting to be adopted across the nation at AdoptUSKids.

Working with Lifetime Adoption

If you are a birth parent and are thinking about adoption for your child, we at Lifetime look forward to supporting you and making sure you have all of the resources you need. If you are a family hoping to grow your family through adoption, we will guide you on your adoption journey.

 

 
 

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