Whether you are seeking information about how to adopt a baby, hoping to find the perfect family for their baby or facing an unplanned pregnancy, the guide below can help you. Here you will find legal information, home study providers, foster care resources, and hospitals around Cleveland, Ohio.

Additional information can be found on our Ohio Guide.

Completing the Home Study in Cleveland

For adoptive parents, a home study is required. This process helps ensure that every baby placed for adoption finds the right home.

To get started, or just to gather more information, visit our home study page or contact a home study provider in your area:

Near Cleveland

  • Building Blocks Adoption Service, Inc.
  • 866-321-2367
  • 52 Public Square Medina, OH 44256
  • “Whether you are a birth parent seeking to place your child for adoption or an adoptive family seeking adopt. We are here to guide you through every step of the adoption process. Our professional and caring adoption agency feels that educating our clients is a crucial part of making the adoption process run smoothly for all involved.”

In Ohio

  • Adoption by Gentle Care
  • 800-824-9633
  • 370 S. 5th St. Suite #2 Columbus, OH 43215
  • “Adoption by Gentle Care was founded by adoption attorneys in 1985 and has grown into the foremost professional, private adoption agency in Ohio and is recognized as an adoption leader throughout the United States.”
  • Adoption Circle
  • 800-927-7222 or text (614) 398-2367
  • 20525 Center Ridge Rd #608, Rocky River, OH 44116
  • “Adoption Circle has been a leader in diligently working to preserve the rights of birth parents and children to ensure emotionally healthy and legally sound adoptions. Through compassionate and caring counseling, we have been able to assist birth parents and adoptive parents to have the opportunity to explore all legal choices as they design an adoption plan that they believe is in their child’s best interest. This is our commitment to you and your child.”
  • Adoption STAR
  • 513-631-3900
  • 433 W. Loveland Ave., 1st Floor Cincinnati, OH 45140
  • “The Adoption STAR philosophy is to provide highly individualized services to Support, Train, Advocate, and offer Resources to adoptive parents, birth parents and community professionals as they explore the adoption option. We offer the experience of adoption, a full training curriculum, advocacy assistance, and comprehensive resources on adoption. Most importantly, we have the ability to offer personalized attention to all clients. The adoption process can often be confusing and frustrating. We offer our support, knowledge, assistance, and most importantly, our attention, to make this process easier.”

Cleveland Adoption Agencies and Adoption Professionals

When you are ready to begin the adoption process, you will work with an adoption professional to receive the services and support you need to complete the adoption. Adoption Network is here to help. Some adoptive families and birth parents prefer to work with a local or regional adoption agency. The following adoption agencies have locations in Cleveland and can ensure that you meet all Ohio requirements as you move through the adoption process:

  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland
  • (216) 696-2197
  • 2012 W 25th St #507, Cleveland, OH 44113
  • “Catholic Charities Adoption program has been providing Adoption Services throughout the eight counties of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland for over 100 years. Catholic Charities assists and supports birth families who may be scared, overwhelmed or just wanting what is best for their child now and in the future. We also assist families who wish to grow their family through adoption.”
  • Adoption Circle
  • Call (800) 927-7222 or Text (614) 398-2367
  • 20525 Center Ridge Rd #608, Rocky River, OH 44116
  • “Adoption Circle has been a leader in diligently working to preserve the rights of birth parents and children to ensure emotionally healthy and legally sound adoptions. Through compassionate and caring counseling, we have been able to assist birth parents and adoptive parents to have the opportunity to explore all legal choices as they design an adoption plan that they believe is in their child’s best interest. This is our commitment to you and your child.”

Become a Foster Parent in Cleveland

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent in Cleveland, contact any of the following regional agencies.

  • Northeast Ohio Adoption Services
  • (800) 686-6627
  • [email protected]
  • 5000 E. Market St, Suite 26 Warren, OH 44484
  • “We support your foster or adoption experience from start to finish and we are committed to providing services to all families without discrimination based on race, religion, color, gender, gender identity, gender orientation, gender expression, marital or domestic relationship status, age, national origin, handicap, family or veteran status.”
  • Applewood Centers Inc.
  • (216) 696-5800
  • 2525 East 22nd Street Cleveland, OH 44115
  • “Becoming a foster parent is a very special decision to make. Applewood Centers has been dedicated to the care of children since 1886 and we take pride in providing the tools and support to help our foster parents become successful caregivers for children and teens during their time of need. Homes are needed to care for children of all ages, sibling groups and those with behavioral/mental health needs.”
  • Options for Families and Youth
  • 216-267-7070
  • 5131 W. 140th St. Brook Park, OH 44142
  • “OFY provides emergency and specialized foster care to approximately 50-60 children/teens from Cuyahoga County, although we can service children and families from other counties as well. OFY takes great pride in the fact that we have consistently received ratings by the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services’ administration between 90 and 100% for the past several years by their Contract Monitoring Unit.”
  • Bellefaire JCB
  • 1-800-879-2522 or 216-932-2800
  • [email protected]
  • One Pollock Circle 22001 Fairmount Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44118
  • “Bellefaire JCB is among the nation’s largest, most experienced child service agencies providing a variety of behavioral health, substance abuse, education and prevention services. Through more than 25 programs, we help more than 21,700 youth and their families each year achieve resiliency, dignity and self-sufficiency.”
  • Cuyahoga County Children & Family Services
  • 216-431-4500
  • Jane Edna Hunter Building 3955 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44115
  • “The Division of Children and Family Services has been protecting abused and neglected children in Cuyahoga County for more than 100 years. Mission: To assure that children at risk of abuse and neglect are protected and nurtured within a family and with the support of the community. Vision: To improve the lives of children as a result of our attention, care and support.”

Hospitals in Cleveland

When the time comes for the adoptive family and birth parents to meet the baby, a hospital plan will be in place to determine the details of the labor and delivery process. If you are a prospective birth mother in Cleveland, Ohio, your adoption agency will work with you and your delivery hospital to develop and coordinate your hospital plan. It is important to start thinking about this and to know about the hospitals around you.

Legal Considerations

Adoption involves many legalities. We recommend you read up on adoption laws and regulations within both the United States and Ohio. Visit the Adoption Network Resource Center to learn more and connect with legal professionals. You may also visit Ohio Child Adoption Laws for more information.

We also advise you review the contact information of your local court system below.

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