Frequently Asked Questions

Adoption is the answer for many children


If you have more questions,
call (937) 327-1749 or (937) 327-1700 

Do I need to live in Clark County to be an adoptive parent through Children Services of Clark County?

Families do not need to be Clark County residents to adopt children through Family & Children Services of Clark County.  All persons who want to adopt must complete a home study. Call our adoption inquiry line at (937) 327-1749 or complete our online Foster Care/Adoption Inquiry form.

How long does it take to complete a home study?

About 10 to 12 weeks, depending on the family’s schedule and how quickly the required documentation is received.

What is the cost?

The required training and home study are free, but there are attorney fees and court costs.  These expenses may be eligible for reimbursement through subsidies.

What are subsidies? 

Money that is available to help adoptive families care for adopted children.  An eligibility specialist helps determine the amount that a family may receive.  Children Services can assist families with adopted children until they turn 18.  The agency may be able to assist children who qualify as MRDD until age 21. 

How do I find out about children available for adoption?

To find children available through Children Services of Clark County click here or call our adoption inquiry line at
(937) 327-1749 .  You may also find Ohio’s available children online at

How long does a placement take?

The amount of time it takes for a placement varies greatly. The more flexible you are regarding age, background and behavioral characteristics of an adoptive child, the sooner a placement may be made.