Are there demographic requirements for prospective adoptive parents?
Any person at least 21 years old, regardless of marital status, is eligible for licensure. There are no income requirements; our only goal is to ensure children are placed with families that are fiscally responsible. It is not necessary to become a homeowner; your home can be a rented apartment, condominium, town home, duplex, or mobile home.

Where do prospective parents live who adopt through NOAS?
NOAS serves Ohio families who live within two hours from our offices in Warren (Trumbull Co.) or from Chagrin Falls (Geauga Co.)

Does it matter that I already have children?
No. In fact, parenting or grand-parenting experience is a plus.

If both parents work outside the home can they still adopt or foster?
Yes. Many adoptive and foster parents have two-income households. As for all families with dependent children, plans for appropriate childcare are essential before placement in a home.

What children are available through NOAS for adoption?
NOAS places primarily school-aged children ages 8-17. Some children are a part of a sibling group who need to be adopted together. Most children NOAS serves have endured traumatic life experiences despite their young ages. Abuse and/or neglect have forced their permanent removal from their birth parents’ custody. Many have emotional and behavioral problems ranging from mild to severe. NOAS also serves children in counseling, and/or with disabilities

Does NOAS make trans-racial or trans-cultural placements?
Yes. NOAS does make trans-racial and trans-cultural placements.

What is the process?
Your first steps in becoming an adoptive parent through NOAS are to attend an orientation and a series of education classes. Upon completion, your application will be processed by a social worker. A home study will be conducted as part of the evaluation process. A social worker will appraise your family unit’s background, interests, strengths, and challenges to align you with the best possible match to one of our clients. Some paperwork is involved, including medical forms and income statements, and background and criminal record checks.

How long does it take to adopt a child?
The time frame varies; you may wait eight months to a year or more. Families looking to foster or adopt older children, sibling groups, or moderate to severe special needs will wait less time than families interested in very young children with mild special needs.

Do you charge fees?
No. There are no agency fees to the family. Legal fees may be incurred at the time of legalization, though many of which can be reimbursed through an adoption expense subsidy from the State of Ohio. Subsidies and Medicaid are available to help care for qualifying children.

Can foster families share or transfer a license to or from NOAS?
Yes. A signed written statement between the agencies involved and the family is required.