To provide support to local agencies in their efforts to decrease the number of children waiting
for permanent homes; to prevent discrimination in the placement of children; to identify and
recruit permanent families who can meet each child’s needs; and to provide support to families
to ensure the stability and well-being of the children in their care.
Adoption is a lifelong process and often involves challenges to families. To assure permanency
is maintained, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides a comprehensive
scope of services to birth parents, adoptive parents and adoptive children, particularly those
children who have been in foster care. These services are largely provided by public children
services agencies, private child placing agencies, and private noncustodial agencies in
collaboration with ODJFS.
AdoptOHIO: Decreasing the Number of Waiting Children
On any given day, more than 22,000 children are living with foster families or in another out-
of-home placement setting. Nearly 2,800 of these children are waiting for adoptive families.
Children who wait the longest for adoptive families include: African American children; those
over the age of ten; and/or children who are part of a sibling group. Maintaining the needed
number of families to assure the appropriate placement for each child is an enormous task
to accomplish and no one can do it alone. For more information, go to the AdoptOhio web
Ohio Adoption Photo Listing: Recruiting Families
One of the most important tools in recruiting families for waiting children is the maintenance
of the Ohio Adoption Photo Listing web site. This web site allows potential families to view
pictures and profiles of children who are available for adoption over the Internet and receives
on average, 2,000 visitors per month. This site is updated daily with information about
children who are available for adoption. For more information, go to: http://www.