Adoption Agencies, Information, and Resources in Akron

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Helpful Resources When Considering Adoption in Akron, Ohio

We prepared this page to provide information for those who are considering adoption and live in or near Akron, Ohio or in the Summit County region.  If you are thinking about giving your baby up for adoption, we have collected information about Crisis Pregnancy Resource Centers to help you confirm your pregnancy, clinics where you may get affordable prenatal care, and a list of hospitals with a Labor and Delivery department.

If you are in the Summit County region of Akron and are thinking about adopting a baby, we also have information on this page about home study agency resources and helpful information to assist you with the adoption process.

Additional resources for hopeful adoptive parents or expectant mothers and throughout the state of Ohio may be found on our Ohio adoption information page.

Pregnancy Resource Centers in Akron, Ohio

Pregnancy Resource Centers, sometimes also called “Crisis Pregnancy Centers” are usually not-for-profit clinics where expectant parents may seek assistance to confirm a pregnancy and review and discuss available options.  Most Pregnancy Resource Centers are not staffed by medical personnel, and do not prescribe contraceptives.  Many are united with pro-life organizations, so encourage parenting or adoption, however not all have religious affiliation. Pregnancy Resource Centers serving those in the Summit County region that are in or close to Akron are:

Akron Pregnancy Services
Planned Parenthood Akron Health Center
Pregnancy Solutions

Affordable Prenatal Care in Akron, Ohio

Medical clinics are staffed by medical personnel and can address most areas of family planning, including prenatal care. They are able to perform STD and cancer screenings (pap smears, and sometimes mammograms), and can prescribe and distribute contraceptives. Clinics located in or near to Akron, Ohio that provide affordable prenatal care for Summit County residents are:

AxessPointe Community Health Care Centers (multiple locations)
Summa Health Women’s Center

Information about health coverage for pregnancy care that is available for women in Ohio with limited financial resources is provided at Ohio Medicaid.

Hospitals in Akron, Ohio

Developing a hospital plan to specify what your wishes are during the time of delivery, is something that we recommend you prepare and provide to the hospital in advance of the baby’s birth. The hospitals with Labor and Delivery Departments serving the Akron, Ohio region are:

Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Summa Health System – Akron Campus

Completing the Home Study in Akron, Ohio

One of the key aspects of every adoption process is the home study assessment.  The purpose of a home study is to confirm the capability and stability of prospective Adoptive Parents to have a child placed into their home. There are certain Adoption Home Study Requirements for each state. The process usually includes providing documents to confirm information as well as furnishing family history, health and financial information, and personal background. Here are some legally qualified home study providers licensed to conduct home studies for those who live in Akron, Ohio or the Summit County region:

Adoption Circle
Adoption Circle a state licensed, non-profit adoption agency, welcomes the opportunity to share our Agency and its services with you. The Agency was founded on the philosophy that children deserve the best we can give.

Adoption Home Study Services of Ohio
Adoption Home Study Services of Ohio is an Ohio state-licensed adoption agency, designed to provide you with the information that you need to understand—and to start—the adoption process.

House of New Hope
Our vision is a community where children, adults and families have the support necessary to lead safe and meaningful lives.

Private Adoption Services, Inc.
We provide a warm, understanding environment with both the support and counseling of an agency as well as the freedom and control of a private adoption.

Become a Foster Parent in Akron, Ohio

If you are interested in becoming a resource family for a foster child in or near Akron, or the Summit County region of Ohio you must meet similar requirements to that of the home study required for adoptive parents.

More information about foster care and foster-to-adopt placements in Ohio is available on our Ohio adoption information page. In addition to the County Foster Care, the local agencies listed below provide additional information and services for foster parents in Akron, Ohio, and the greater Summit County region:

Summit County Children Services
Caring for Kids, Inc.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland
SAFY of Canton/Akron

Court Information

The final step in the legal adoption process is finalization through court action. To learn about the adoption laws in California, check out our Adoption Laws by State page. If your adoption is to finalize in Akron, Ohio or the Summit County region contact the Summit County Probate Court for additional information.

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