After the match has been agreed to by birth and adoptive parents, a match staffing meeting will occur with at least three members of the Spirit of Faith Adoptions staff. A representative of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services will be invited to attend, and at that time, all known needs of the child will be shared with the staff. This meeting must take place prior to the adoption consent being signed by the birth parents.
Prior to the time that the child is placed with you, Spirit of Faith Adoptions will provide you with information about the child and any identified or anticipated special needs. We will also discuss resources that are available to assist you in making an informed decision about the placement. That information will include:
- Child Study Inventory - The information disclosed to the adoptive parents shall include all background information available on the child in accordance with rule 5101:2-48-21 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
- Information regarding any child-specific financial and medical resources, known or anticipated, including any appropriate subsidy information.
- Materials the biological parent(s) requested be given to the adopted person or adoptive parent(s), if authorization is given on the JFS 01693 "Ohio Law and Adoption Materials" form.
- Photographs of the biological parent(s) that the birth parent(s) requested be given to the adopted person or adoptive parent(s), if authorization is given on the JFS 01693.
- The biological parent's first name, if authorization is given on the JFS 01693.
- The child's social security number, if applicable.
Throughout the pregnancy, our staff will meet regularly with your child's expectant parent(s). They will create a Birth Plan where the expectant parent(s) will decide what he/she wants to happen during the hospital stay. In addition, the expectant parent(s) will review the Openness Agreement. You will be notified about both of these closer to the due date.
A representative of Spirit of Faith Adoptions will meet with the birth parent(s) at a time and date of their choosing, a minimum of 72 hours following the baby's birth, to review and sign the Permanent Surrender of Child form (ODJFS 1666). The birth parents will be asked a series of questions that will be audio-recorded. An attorney will be provided for anyone who requests legal representation and minors are required to have an attorney present. Click here to view the forms and read about the steps that a birth parent experiences in completing an adoption plan.
There are many forms that will be filled out by Spirit of Faith Adoptions to be reviewed with you on the date of your child's adoptive placement. We simply encourage you to read through these prior to that day so that you know what to expect:
ODJFS 1654 Adoptive Placement Agreement
ODJFS 1667 Adoption Information Disclosure
ODJFS 1443: Child Education and Health Information
Following the birth parent's consenting to the adoption (aka signing ODJFS 1666: Permanent Surrender), a representative of Spirit of Faith Adoptions will meet with you to complete your adoptive placement forms with you.
The placement fees are payable within the first thirty days following the adoptive placement date.
Please note: In order for Spirit of Faith Adoptions to be able to place a child into your family, your home study must remain current until the date of the finalization in court. This occurs at least six months following the adoptive placement in accordance with rules 5101:2-48-12.1 and 5101:2-48-12.2 of the Ohio Administrative Code.
What happens when the birth parent(s) change their mind?
Adoption can be an emotional and difficult process. Sometimes, the biological parents will decide to raise their child themselves, even after a match. Click here to hear Barb talk about her experiences with an unsuccessful match prior to the placement of her daughter.