(New Philadelphia, Ohio) – Every single child deserves a permanent home with a loving family.
November is National Adoption Month recognizing that there are children waiting for their dream of a family to come true. Research shows that children without a stable home are less likely to graduate from high school and to face a greater risk of homelessness, imprisonment, and reliance on welfare.
There is often a misconception that in order to be an adoptive parent you have to be perfect. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Adopting from foster care can be challenging, but as the public service advertisement says over and over “you don’t have to be perfect to be a perfect parent.”
In this section you will find basic resources about who can adopt, things to consider before adoption, an explanation of domestic and intercountry adoption, information about maintaining connections with birth families in adoption (also referred to as openness in adoption), home study requirements, finding an agency, adoption by different types of families (including single; stepparent; transracial/transcultural; military; or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender families), and assistance with adoption expenses.