While every experience may be unique depending on the family, children and agency, there are certain steps that are usually taken between considering adoption and successfully welcoming a child with special health care needs into your family:
- Learn about adoption
- Search for and select an agency
- Complete an adoption application
- Begin the home study process
- Receive approval for a placement
- Search for a child
- Meet and visit with the child
- Prepare for your child's arrival
- Network and begin building medical, educational and community supports
- Welcome your child into your family
- Finalize your adoption
AdoptSpecialNeeds.org has information on adopting children with special needs.
Adoption Services has information on all phases of the adoption process.
AdoptUSKids has detailed information on the steps in adoption.
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides extensive information on the adoption process, a fact sheet on adopting children with developmental disabilities and resources to support the adoption of children with special needs.
Kentucky Adoption Coalition provides access to adoption resources, medical and legal assistance, counseling and advocacy.
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Special Needs Adoption Program (SNAP) provides information on the adoption process.
MedlinePlus has information on the adoption process.
National Adoption Center has helped find adoptive families for more than 20,000 children in the United States. They have information on the adoption process as well as extensive resources.
North American Council on Adoptable Children provides information on the steps in the adoption process as well as a list of supporting resources.
Ohio Adoption Guide, published by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services, provides a comprehensive overview of adoption in Ohio.
Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services has a fact sheet on adoption.
Ohio Legal Services provides answers to common questions about adoption.
Ohio State Bar Association answers frequently asked questions about adoption.