A State Waiting Child is a child that is under the care of a state children services department through the foster care system. These children typically have been victims of abuse and neglect but it does not mean that these children do not desire or need loving supportive families who will guide them to be the best they can be and to provide them with a sense of love and belonging.
Older Child Adoption from State Foster Care
Along with the homestudy and other adoption services that we provide, we also provide families in Ohio with the guidance they require to locate children who are available for permanent placement through the state foster care system. These children will be adopted out of temporary foster care or welfare situations.
With this type of adoption numerous sibling groups of all sizes, older children, special needs children and individuals that are about to “age out” of the system are available for placement.
These children have often suffered many losses and do not know much about commitment, trust or the stability of a family. They will require more attention, so that they can transition into a home they can call their own and know that their placement into your family is permanent and safe.
With these children, the state will often provide access to Medicaid for their medical needs and a subsidy to help fund tutoring, special education, camps and other activities that would aid in their transition to a permanent environment and help them to succeed.
All children deserve the right to belong to a loving family. No child has asked to be put in the situation that they are in where they are lacking permanency.
The Process for Adopting Older Children
Building Blocks Adoption Service, Inc. will assist you with your homestudy to meet the requirements for this type of adoption. Once your homestudy is complete we will provide you with the resources available to locate children waiting in each state including the entire State of Ohio for permanent placement through adoption. If you see a child that you would like to inquire about, we will send your homestudy and any additional paperwork to the child’s specific caseworker for review and consideration. Once you find the child that you would like to adopt, Building Blocks Adoption Service Inc. will work with that child’s caseworker and you, the adoptive family in completing the requirements to adopt the child you desire.
Building Blocks Adoption can assist Ohio families with the required training, home study, paperwork requirements and legal direction/advice for Domestic Adoptions from State Foster Care.
First Step to Start your Adoption Process.
- Apply online
- Once you apply you will be contacted by one of our coordinators who will guide you to the next step!
It is time to make a difference in the life of a child waiting for a family in which he/she can belong.
State Waiting Adoption Program
$6,500 not including finalization fees or multiple placements.
Subsidies may be available for children being adopted within the state programs. Some states are willing to pay agency fees once a family is matched with a child or sibling groups.
Building Blocks Adoption is licensed by the State of Ohio to perform adoption services including assisting with the match of a child in state foster care systems with adoptive families. Building Blocks Adoption will be your advocate when seeking a placement of a child from state foster care systems.
- Single women, single men, all married couples
- Good health
- No prohibitive criminal record *(additional details below)
- Meets state financial requirements
- No age restrictions
- One parent must be a United States citizen
- Typically single children ages 4 and older are waiting
- Sibling groups of 2 or more. Ages of siblings groups can be ages 7 and younger.
- Special Needs Children
- Children are African American, Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian, or Bi-racial/Multi-racial
- Children are often victims of abuse or neglect
Families have completed adoptions within 6 months of homestudy approval to several months. Much depends on the family’s flexibility with characteristics of the child and the state/county response to your inquiries.
Parents are required to travel and visit the child according to the child’s needs. If the child resides outside the State of Ohio you will be required to travel out of state several times for visitation and bonding. Factors for visits are determined by the entity holding custody and will be dependent on the age of the child(ren), location and their situation.
Building Blocks Adoption will assist Ohio residents only who are seeking to adopt a state waiting child by:
- Providing social services such as the homestudy assessment, prefinalizations, match meetings and court appearances as required
- Educate adoptive families on the needs of state waiting children
- Assist adoptive parents with locating a child from the state foster care system both in the State of Ohio and Nationwide
- Mail, fax or email your profile to county agencies with adoption programs here in the State of Ohio or Nationwide and advocate for a referral of a child that meets your criteria
- Provide links to photo listings of state waiting children
- View photo listings, flyer’s and mailings from county and state agencies and present waiting children with appropriate criteria to adoptive families
- Send your homestudy to state and county agencies
- Provide subsidy and tax credit information
- Guide families through the matching process
- Assist in arranging the meeting with the child
- Assistance with interstate compact documentation (ICPC) for children residing outside the State of Ohio
- Prefinalization and finalization services
- Most importantly: “Being there” during and after your adoption placement!
*Adoptive applicants who have been convicted of felony child abuse or neglect; spousal abuse; a crime against children (including child pornography); or a crime involving violence, including rape, sexual assault, or homicide but not including other types of physical assault or battery or the applicant has been convicted of a felony for physical assault, battery, excessive alcohol related offense or drug-related offense within the past 5 years may not adopt. If you have questions about any type of criminal record, contact our office for a list of disqualifying offenses.
** Timeframes are estimated