Congratulations on the adoptive placement of your child!  Here are some helpful tips on what to expect until your adoption is finalized in court:

An adoption assessor will contact you via phone following placement to schedule your first face-to-face post-placement visits. The post-placement visit schedule is mandated by the Ohio Revised Code, chapter 3107.101.  As of 3/15/2202, due to COVID-19, all post placment visits will occur virtually until further notice.

  • The first face-to-face visit will occur within the first seven days of placement.  Both adoptive parents and all household members must be present. 
  • The second visit will take place within the first thirty days of the placement.
  • Subsequent visits will occur once each month until a final decree of adoption is issued by the courts, which will take place a minimum of six months from the date of placement.
  • Both adoptive parents must be present at each visit.  Siblings and additional household members must be present at every other visit.
  • At each visit, the adoption assessor is required to tour your home and view each bedroom.

A photo of your child will be needed for his/her permanent adoption file that will be maintained by Spirit of Faith Adoptions. 

Your child is required to receive regular routine well child check-ups by a licensed health care provider and to receive all recommended immunizations.  Please obtain a copy of the medical summary from your doctor at each visit and submit the form to us via the document upload feature, fax, or mail.

Every new child household member residing with the adoptive parents shall have a JFS 01653 Medical Statement completed within sixty days of the date that the child became a household member.  The form can be found here.  

In the event that your child is critically ill or injured, you must notify Spirit of Faith within one hour of the incident.  Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

At least thirty days prior to your scheduled adoption finalization court hearing, your Adoption Assessor will complete the Pre-Finalization Report (JFS 1699) with you.  Following that visit, you will receive a copy to review.  Your signature is required and then the form will be submitted to your attorney for the finalization hearing no later than 20 days prior to the finalization court date.  Please contact your attorney after the 4th month visit regarding your finalization hearing.  A copy of the 1699 form can be viewed here.  

Any outstanding medical bills and post placement fees are due prior to the finalization of the adoption.

While Spirit of Faith Adoptions maintains custody of your child, you must inform us in writing of any plans to travel away from home with the child for a  period of more than 2 days, or when you travel outside the state of Ohio.  Please send this information to Ellie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Post Placement Correspondence with Birth Parent(s) is extremely important.

Please adhere to these requirements:

An email or text upon arrival home from hospital

An update after 1st pediatrician appt. 

Year 1: Photos and written updates on date of birth during 1st month, 3rd month, 6th month, 9th month and on 1st birthday.

Year 2: Photos and written updates on date of birth at 15 months, 18 months, 21 months, and on 2nd birthday.  

Year 3: Photos and written updates on date of birth at 30 months and on 3rd birthday.   

Photos and written updates annually thereafter, on or near the child’s birthday.   

(optional) face to face visit, after finalization

(optional) face to face visit annually

Please set up a Gmail account to be used specifically for communicating with birth parents. Please blind copy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can follow-up with birth parents.  

Please note: If a child has been placed in an approved adoptive home, Spirit of Faith Adoptions must assure that your home study continues to be in an approved status until the adoption is finalized.  Therefore, your home study must remain active and approved until the court date.  Depending on when your home study was approved, we may required an update (once every two years) in accordance with rules 5101:2-48-12.1 and 5101:2-48-12.2 of the Administrative Code.