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Adoption is a Complicated Process. We Can Help.

The adoption process can be a mixture of emotions. One moment you can be very excited about the possibility and the next filled with anxiety about all the steps you might have to take.  Having a lawyer to help guide you through the process and paperwork will help you not miss any important steps and will keep the process moving along more smoothly.

We can help you navigate through the adoption process during the following areas: 

Vetting Process
Married couples must be married for at least one year prior to the adoption.

The minor to be adopted must live with the adopting parent(s) for at least six months before the adoption can be finalized. 

Adopting parent(s) and any other adults living in the home must complete a local and federal criminal background check.

An adoption agency may have additional requirements such as a home study and education training.

Keeping Things on Track
An adoption is a multi-step process where things need to happen in succession for it to move forward. 

The adoption process begins with the submission of a petition to adopt and supporting documents to the county Probate Court.

The Probate Court will set a hearing date and appoint an assessor to provide the court with a written report.  The assessor may, among other things, visit the home, interview the adopting parent(s) and relatives, and require character references, a personal statement, a statement from your medical provider, financial statements, and fire inspection. 

Additional paperwork may be required to be filed with the local Probate Court prior to the hearing date, such as consents to the adoption, divorce paperwork, and an accounting of the funds spent for the adoption.  

At the hearing the Judge will be looking for evidence that the placement of the minor child with the adopting parent(s) is in the best interest of the minor child.  If the adoption is approved, a Decree of Adoption is issued.

The certified Decree of Adoption allows the adopting parent(s) to have the child’s original birth certificate sealed and a new birth certificate issued.  

Presence in Court
Adoptions require your presence in court. Legal counsel will be important to help you communicate with the courts effectively. 

Managing Parental Rights

Once the adoption is finalized parental rights or responsibilities for the child belong to the adoptive parent(s).  This means that the adoptive parent(s) has rights to custody and control of the child, including child support in the event of a divorce or dissolution. 


If you are thinking of adoption, contact the lawyers at Painter & Associates.



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National Adoption Month in Ohio

November is National Adoption Month and Painter and Associates hopes to increase awareness for the need for permanent homes and families for the children and youth in the foster care system. This year’s theme, “In Their Own Words: Lifting Up Youth Voices,” builds on last year’s theme of the adoption of teenagers in foster care, which is a persistent problem. Learning their stories can lead to empathy and a better understanding of the trials and triumphs of these youth.


It is no wonder that for the second year in a row teenagers are the focus for National Adoption Month, since they are the least likely to be adopted. Because of their age, teenagers are often overlooked, but they need a home just as much as any other child, and YOU can make a difference in their life. In today’s society, everything is fast paced and uncertain. For a teenager this can make life difficult and confusing. Providing a stable and secure environment, where one is able to love and feel loved, can make a world of difference in preparing someone for the challenges in the world today.

This might not be easy because as most parents will tell you, teenagers can be difficult. But this is not a negative, it is a positive. Helping someone who may feel like everyone has given up on them can be one of the most rewarding experiences ever.

The Ohio Adoption Photolisting Website provides a list of events and resources available to youth and prospective adoptive families throughout Ohio.  Additional resources are also available through the Children’s Bureau, a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

We all feel the fundamental need to love and be loved. To have someone to share our goals and aspirations with and to celebrate those special days. If you are interested in adoption, please consider adoption from the foster system.

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November is National Adoption Month

November is National Adoption Month and Painter & Associates is dedicated to increasing awareness about the need for permanent families for children and youth in the foster care system.  This year’s theme, “Teens Need Families, No Matter What,” focuses on the adoption of teenagers in foster care and the importance of building a strong support system for the teenagers and prospective adoptive families.

All children, not just infants, need a home and teenagers are no different.  And YOU CAN make a difference in a teenager’s life. By adopting a teenager, you can help a child move on in life; provide a stable, structured and loving home; and help prepare a member of society for adulthood.  And most importantly, to give and receive love.

Teenagers are hard.  But Teenagers also: sleep through the night; are ready to move out sooner than infants; no formula or diapers necessary;  they can mow the lawn, take out the trash and clean the bathroom; keep you up to date new fashion and music trends; and drive down the street sooner to pick up milk.

The Ohio Adoption Photolisting Website (http://adoptionphotolistingohio.org/resources.php) provides a list of events and resources available to youth and prospective adoptive families throughout Ohio.  Additional resources are also available through the Children’s Bureau, a division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/adoption/nam/families-youth/).  

We all need someone to share our life, dreams, achievements and special days with.  If you are interested in adoption, please consider adoption from the foster system.  In Ohio there are more than 12,500 children in foster care on any given day and more than 2,500 children are in the permanent custody of children services and awaiting adoption.

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