The journey of adoption consists of many important and sequential steps. Spirit of Faith's website is set up to guide families through the process, one step at a time. For that reason, while you will be able to see what the upcoming steps are, you will not be able to access forms or documents associated with a particular step until our staff authorizes you to view it. It is important to create a login for our site.
A fee payment may be due at each step of the process, depending on the services you need in order to complete your adoption. Click here to access Spirit of Faith Adoptions' Fee Schedule.
Step 1: Initial Inquiry
To begin the adoption process, we invite families to submit an initial inquiry to Spirit of Faith Adoptions. You will be asked to provide statements of faith. There is no cost to submit an initial inquiry.
Step 2: Application
Families will be contacted by Spirit of Faith Adoptions after you submit an initial inquiry. The Director and staff review all inquiries. An Ohio adoption application form will be provided to all families accepted into the program.
Step 3: Home Study Assessment and Training
After you have been accepted into our program, families will receive detailed instructions regarding paperwork for your adoption file. You will also need to attend one Preservice Training Session and complete several online training classes. Once all of the paperwork has been submitted, an adoption assessor will be assigned to complete the home study assessment process. When the home study is completed your family will receive written notification of your status. An approved home study in Ohio is valid for a period of two years, and must remain current until an adoptive placement is finalized in a court of law, typically six to nine months following the placement of the child.
Step 4: Activation into the Domestic Infant Matching Program
After completing the home study process, prospective adoptive parents will be invited to join the matching program. During this stage, families will also complete a profile photo book that will be used to introduce adoptive families to birth parents.
Steps 5 and 6: Matching, Surrender, and Placement
After birth parents have reviewed profiles, Spirit of Faith Adoptions will facilitate all aspects of the adoptive planning, the surrender, and the placement, at the birth parents' request. Our staff will be available to guide both birth and adoptive families through each step in the process. Staff will be present at the initial meeting between adoptive families and birth parents, and will provide you with detailed social and medical history information about the baby's biological family members. If both the birth parents and the adoptive family agree, they will be officially matched. After the baby is born, and the 72 hour window has elapsed, Spirit of Faith staff will facilitate the surrender by the birth parents, and the placement with the adoptive family.
Step 7: Post-Placement Services
As required by Ohio law, a Spirit of Faith Adoptions assessor will visit an adoptive family's home regularly after the adoptive placement of a child occurs. This begins within the first seven days after the child joins your family and will continue monthly until the adoption is finalized in a court of law in Ohio.
Home Study Updates and Amendments
Approved Ohio home studies remain valid as long as they are updated once every two years. Spirit of Faith Adoptions will notify families when an update is due. In addition, any time there is a significant change in the family or living situation, a home study amendment must be completed. This will ensure that the family's home study and adoption file continue to represent the family's situation accurately. Changes that require an amendment include, but are not limited to, a job change, relocating to a new home, a major illness in the family, or a change in household occupancy.