Columbus Ohio Adoption Attorneys

The Ohio Adoption Process

These days, many people are considering the option to adopt as an alternative to having children themselves. This can include any individual, step-parent, or married couple, including one of the same-sex. There are many reasons as to why this is the case, not the least of which has to do with the large number of children who are put up for adoption on a regular basis. Furthermore, adults who have found out that there are unable to have their own children due to medical reasons often turn to adoption as a way of raising a child as their own and fulfilling their lives just the same. With years of experience the adoptions attorneys at the law office of Goldman & Rosenthal can help you navigate the rough waters of the adoption process.

For those who are interested in adopting a child in the state of Ohio, it is important to begin by knowing what the actual process entails. After all, despite the fact that there are many children in the state that are in need of adoption, the fact remains that the process of making sure that an adult is fit to care for a child is a time consuming process.

For starters, it is necessary to apply to become an adoptive parent by filing a Petition for Adoption with the Probate Court of the county of the applicant’s residence. The application process requires adults to provide information about their job, income, living situation, and even personal relationships. Furthermore, a background check will be run to make sure that the applicant is not considered to be a violent criminal. This will be followed by a home investigation by a court official. The final step, a joyous one, is a court hearing before the judge or magistrate of the court, involving the adopting parents and natural parents as required (such as a step-parent adoption) and the child or children to be adopted. Following approval of the adoption by the court, an Adoption Certificate and new Birth Certificate are issued.