Adoption allows you to provide a loving home for a child in need while also expanding your own family. In Ohio, you may adopt a child as long as you meet the requirements to care for him or her properly. You do not need to be married or under a certain age. Once you have completed all the paperwork, it may be only a short time before you find the right child to welcome into your family. There are several steps you may take to help make the transition as smooth as possible for everyone.

The Foster Care and Adoption department of the Ohio state government provides numerous resources for adoptive parents, including information on the adjustment period that commonly occurs following a finalized adoption. If you have children already, one of the most important things to do is communicate clearly with them throughout the adoption process. It is important to let them know that the adopted child may have unique needs and that you may have to adjust your parenting style to accommodate each child. Remind your children that your love for them will remain the same even if the new child requires some extra attention. You may want to provide additional support resources for yourself and your children, such as access to a therapist or counselor.

You may also take practical steps to prepare your home for your adopted child. You may plan on making his or her favorite foods. Creating and following a daily routine may help everyone in the family feel secure throughout the transition. Holiday traditions may help encourage a bond between every member of your family. You may also want to plan on sharing age-appropriate information about the adoption with each child.

This information on adoption is intended for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as legal advice.