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Public Agency Adoption

An agency adoption is when a child is placed by a public children’s services agency. Children who are being adopted must be legally placed in the home for adoption purposes for 6 months before adoption will be finalized.

Because of Ohio Law and the complexity of the process, you must have an attorney or agency representation. It is important to note that the Court cannot give any legal advice so you should consult with your attorney and licensed Ohio public adoption agency with any legal questions.

The following guidelines may not be a completely comprehensive list but should help you in the process with your attorney.

When Filing for a Public Agency Adoption:




The following State forms/reports must be filed (agency provided):


The following Probate forms must be filed:


Filing Fee: