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A home study is the primary focus of the initial steps to adopting a child. 

Options for Families and Youth (OFY) is a COA accredited/Hague-approved adoption service provider in Ohio that is licensed to complete international home studies for prospective adoptive families in Ohio.  As such, we can complete the home study process for anyone interested in adopting a child from another country. 

It starts with paperwork, and more paperwork, and even more paperwork. 

It’s a process. 

We need to collect information and documentation about your family that is required by the country from which you want to adopt. 

This includes:

-          An Ohio Adoption Application:   http://www.odjfs.state.oh.us/forms/results1.asp   (form number JFS 01691)

-          Authorization from applicants for OFY to check Child Abuse Registries

So, you’re thinking about adoption.   What a beautiful and wonderful experience it will be to welcome a child into your family who is in need of a forever family. 

Maybe you heard about adoption in church…..  

Maybe you know someone who has adopted….

Maybe you are facing infertility and really want to be parents….

Whatever the case may be, God has laid adoption on your heart.  You may be wondering, “Now where to start?”  

Good question. 

Most people start on the internet and talking with people they know who have adopted. 

Then the questions begin:

·         What are the types of adoption?

·         What is the cost of adopting a child?

·         How long does it take?

·         Which agency should we contact?

·         What questions should we ask?

The list can go on and on. 

Hopefully, this post will provide some user-friendly, brief answers to some of your initial questions.

Options for Families and Youth, aka "OFY" is a non-profit adoption agency licensed in the state of Ohio by Job and Family Services to provide adoption services to families throughout the state of Ohio. OFY received its' official Hague/COA accreditation three years ago in 2013. Being Hague certified and COA accredited enables OFY to provide home study and post placement adoption services to families in Ohio who want to grow their families through international adoption.

In the past three years, Options for Families and Youth has had the pleasure of serving 63 families with their international home studies. Twenty-three orphaned children have already been adopted from other countries and have arrived home to Ohio with their forever families.

An adoptive mother recently said, “This is going so much better than we ever would have thought.  Our daughter just blended right into our family!”  She explained that so many people have been so supportive to them throughout this adoption journey including their church congregation, the adoption support group at their church, the placing agency, the local, Ohio agency, and their family and friends.    

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written anything for the home page. Hey! Did you miss me?

I thought so. We have been busy forging a partnership with an agency that we believe will be a good thing for everyone involved.

Options for Families and Youth (OFY) has decided to transition the administration, management and supervision of our counseling/therapy services (better known as Behavioral Health Services) to Pathway Caring for Children (Pathway CFC).


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