Congratulations on the adoptive placement of your child! Here are some helpful tips on what to expect until your adoption is finalized in court:
An adoption assessor will contact you via phone following placement to schedule your first face-to-face post-placement home visit. The post-placement home visit schedule is mandated by the Ohio Revised Code, chapter 3107.101.
- The first face-to-face home visit will occur within the first seven days of placement. Both adoptive parents and all household members must be present.
- The second visit will take place within the first thirty days of the placement.
- Subsequent visits will occur once each month until a final decree of adoption is issued by the courts, which will take place a minimum of six months from the date of placement.
- Both adoptive parents must be present at each visit. Siblings and additional household members must be present at every other visit.
- At each visit, the adoption assessor is required to walk through your home and view each bedroom.
A photo of your child will be needed for his/her permanent adoption file that will be maintained by Spirit of Faith Adoptions.
Your child is required to receive regular routine well child check-ups by a licensed health care provider and to receive all recommended immunizations. Please obtain a copy of the medical summary from your doctor at each visit and submit the form to us via the document upload feature, fax, or mail.
Every new child household member residing with the adoptive parents shall have a JFS 01653 Medical Statement completed within sixty days of the date that the child became a household member. The form can be found here.
Thirty days prior to your scheduled adoption finalization court hearing, your Adoption Assessor will complete the Pre-Finalization Report (JFS 1699) with you. Following that visit, you will receive a copy to review. Your signature is required and then the form will be submitted to your attorney for the finalization hearing no later than 20 days prior to the finalization court date. Please contact your attorney after the 4th month visit regarding your finalization hearing. A copy of the 1699 form can be viewed here.
Any outstanding medical bills and post placement fees are due prior to the finalization of the adoption.
It is extremely important to honor your word and send communication to the birth parents within the first month following placement and every three months thereafter during the first year following the adoption. Electronic communication is encouraged. In the event that you provide written letters and photographs for the birth parent(s), please mail them directly to the Spirit of Faith office at 3315 Centennial Rd., Suite A-1, Sylvania, OH 43560. Be sure to include a separate envelop with the appropriate postage for ease of mailing.
Please note: If a child has been placed in an approved adoptive home, Spirit of Faith Adoptions must assure that your home study continues to be in an approved status until the adoption is finalized. Therefore, your home study must remain active and approved until the court date. Depending on when your home study was approved, we may required an update (once every two years) in accordance with rules 5101:2-48-12.1 and 5101:2-48-12.2 of the Administrative Code.