Prospective parents should expect the adoption process to take six months or longer from the time they first submit their application. Applicants must complete training and a homestudy prior to adopting a child. Once a child is placed into an adoptive home, LCCS offers counseling and other services to help the family adjust and bond. Six months after the placement, the adoption is finalized and custody of the child transfers from LCCS to the adoptive parents.
Lucas County Children Services, in cooperation with the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program, provides free in-service training to potential adoptive families. Courses are offered several times each year.
Each course includes twelve sessions (Saturday-only all-day trainings cover two sessions each). Anyone interested in becoming an adoptive parent is welcome. There is no commitment up front, although attendance is mandatory to adopt a child through Lucas County Children Services.