Family Preparation

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Adopt America Network assists families interested in adopting children from U. S. foster care. Our experienced staff answers any and all questions families may have. Our assessors support families through the homestudy process, providing assistance in registering for required pre-service training, assisting with the completion of all necessary paperwork, and conducting the visits to the family’s home. Once a family’s homestudy has been approved, AAN’s family caseworkers provide free search and matching services. We work closely with the children’s custodial agency workers to help assure the best possible permanency option for the child and the family. AAN works with families nationwide, making sure that they have the local support needed to successfully navigate their adoption journey.

Adoption and Kinship Support Services

Once a child has been placed for permanency, Adopt America Network provides post placement supervision services and ongoing support through finalization and beyond. AAN recognizes that the need for support for families does not stop once finalization occurs and we want to ensure families stay together. AAN offers permanency and family preservation services including ongoing training classes, adoption navigation with community resources, parent and child mentors, and help securing respite services. Support groups for families and children are offered to those who have adopted or taken permanent custody of a child from foster care or to those who have been united through international or private infant adoption. These support services are available to families untied through adoption, kinship custodial arrangements and guardianship.

Heart Gallery

AAN partners with Open Homes in Northwest Ohio to travel with a Heart Gallery of waiting and available children for adoption. The Heart Gallery display features 50-60 children who are in need of adoptive families. The display travels to local community events, faith based organizations, and local businesses to raise awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families as well as recruit families for the children featured on the display. For more information, contact christy.h@adoptamericanetwork.org

Training Services

Adopt America Network works through the Institute of Human Services and Ohio Child Welfare Training Program to offer training for foster and adoptive caregivers, post adopt families, caseworkers, supervisors, and adoption assessors. Various trainings are offered throughout Northwest Ohio and can be registered for through Adopt America Network. For more information, contact kathy.s@adoptamericanetwork.org

Child Focused Recruitment

AAN partners with the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption to provide child focused recruitment services to the children in the care of counties in Northwest Ohio. The six recruiters on staff at AAN are assigned a caseload of over 100 waiting children to actively search to find supports, connections, and adoptive families for them. The Wendy’s Wonderful Kids Recruiters are dedicated to finding the best homes for the youth assigned to them. They start with familiar circles of family, friends, and neighbors and then reach out to the communities in which they live to find prospective permanency options for the children and youth.