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What steps need to be taken to adopt a child in Ohio?

All children in Ohio deserve to have a loving, stable and nurturing environment in which to grow. That is why adopting a child can be one of the most rewarding experiences parents in Ohio can have. However, there is a process potential parents in Ohio must go through in order to adopt a child.

Legal help is available to those adopting a child in Ohio

Many people in Ohio dream of one day becoming parents. While some people will conceive naturally and give birth to a child of their own, others may decide that adopting a child is the right choice for them. That being said, the road through adoption is fraught with twists and turns. There are many steps that must be taken, which can be complicated, confusing and sometimes frustrating. However, once one makes it through the adoption process, they may find that being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences of their life.

How is adoption determined in Ohio?

As well-intentioned as a couple may be in making the decision to adopt, it is not an easy process. Laws vary throughout the United States, but here in Ohio, anyone except a separated couple may adopt. This includes an unmarried single person or married couple, gay or straight, has the right to adopt. For children twelve years of age or older, the child must also provide consent to the adoption.

Can stepparents adopt their stepchildren?

According to data provided by Smart Stepfamilies, 40 percent of married couples in the United States are step-couples, meaning at least one partner has a child or children from a previous marriage or relationship. Naturally, over time, stepparents form a bond with their stepchildren, oftentimes considering themselves to be a parent despite the fact that the child may already have two natural parents.

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