Step by Step Adoption Process

Baby Step

Orientation to Infant Adoption Zoom session. 

You will hear a birth mom and an adoptive family talk about their adoption journeys through Spirit of Faith Adoptions.  Also, you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Step 1 - Initial Inquiry

This is the official first step in the SOFA adoption process.  Once you submit your information, we will contact you and request (3) things:

1. Statement of Faith written by Hopeful Adoptive Dad

2. Statement of Faith written by Hopeful Adoptive Mom

3. To review SOFA's Christian Covenant for Parents

What is a Statement of Faith?

What we are looking for with regards to your statements of faith is to learn more about your individual faith journeys:  what does your relationship with God mean to you, what types of activities do you do to grow in your faith journey, how have you grown closer to God throughout your life thus far, how often to do you and your spouse attend church, how are you and your spouse going to raise your children in the faith, and anything else pertinent that you wish to share about yourself.

Phill with is his wife and children
This is Phill Wurster with his wife and children. He founded SOFA and serves as Chief Executive Administrator.

Step 2 - First Fee Payment Is Due

Hopeful adoptive families will be contacted within 7 days after you submit an initial inquiry.  An Ohio adoption application form will be provided to all families accepted into the SOFA program.  Step 2 is when the first adoption fee payment will be due at the time an adoption application is submitted to SOFA.

Step 3 - The Homestudy & Training


Families will receive detailed instructions regarding homestudy paperwork and pre-service training.

Ellie is an adoptive parent and has been a member of our staff for 12 years.  She has been through the homestudy process and will guide you through every piece of paperwork to help you complete your file.

The Homestudy

Once all of the paperwork has been submitted, an adoption assessor will complete your home study assessment with you which consists of a few meetings and a tour of your home.

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.

Mom with two adopted children
This is Ellie & her 2 (adopted) children. Her husband and step-daughter weren't with us during our photo shoot... 
Stacy with her husband
This is our Director, Stacy Knox, with her husband, Jeff. 

Step 4 - Activation into SOFA's Matching Program

During this step, families will create profile photo books on, and those will be used to introduce adoptive families to expectant parents. Stacy will offer support to families before, during and after you have been matched with an expectant parent. 

Steps 5 & 6 - Matching & Adoptive Placement

After expectant parents have reviewed profiles, Spirit of Faith Adoptions will facilitate all aspects of the adoptive planning and placement of the child with his/her hopeful adoptive parents, at the expectant parents' request, a minimum of 72 hours following the child's birth.

Our staff will be available to guide both expectant parents and adoptive families through this emotional time. SOFA has clinically-trained counselors and social workers (we call them coordinators) to provide expectant parents with weekly support as they explore adoption.

Staff will be present at meetings between adoptive families and expectant parents, and we will provide you with detailed social and medical history information about the child's biological family members.

If the expectant parent(s) and the hopeful adoptive family agree, they will be officially matched. 

When it's time for the baby to be born, we will be in regular phone and in-person communication with you, with the child's biological parent(s), and with the hospital staff. 

Cradle Care (Foster Care) Certification will enable you to take the baby home prior to the 72 hour waiting period if that is the request of the child's biological parent(s). 

After the child is born and the 72 hour window has elapsed, Spirit of Faith Adoptions' staff will facilitate the surrender by the biological parents followed by the placement with the adoptive family.

Adoption Education

After The Homestudy Is Complete:

 Pre-adoptive infant foster families with a current Foster Care (Cradle Care) license will need to complete (24) hours of training within 2 years from the date your home study is approved. These training hours are required to continue to maintain your license. 

We have designed our trainings to be encouraging, fun, and helpful for parents!  The training team is comprised of a birth parent, adoptive parents, foster parents, adult adoptees, counselors and social workers who have personal and professional adoption experiences to share with you.  

These trainings are open to Ohio Licensed Foster Parents from any Ohio foster care agency.  SOFA reimburses each parent $10/ hour to attend and participate! 

Couple laughing together
This is Kevin Hofmann (adult adoptee) and Jennifer Mae (birth mom). Both have developed trainings based on their personal adoption stories. 

Step 7 - Home Visits After Placement

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, which is at least six months of your child's adoptive placement. 

Step 8 - Homestudy Update

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.  

Adoptive family laughing on sofa
This is our Chaplain, Keith Simpson and his family.