Last week we looked at the steps it took for us to get licensed to adopt. For us, our journey took a different turn because we moved to Ohio before the adoption was finalized.
Since we moved to Ohio after Arizona issued our license there were a couple of things we had to do in the state of Ohio:
- We were assigned a new worker and she met with James and I together and individually.
- We had to have the Fire Department come and do a safety check on our new house.
- The caseworker did a walk through of the entire house.
- We needed to have a bed and dresser for M before he came.
- We did another financial disclosure.
- Ohio required us to do another doctors clearance and background check.
- We filled out any paperwork that Ohio needed.
M has since moved to Ohio and state law requires him to live in the state of Ohio for 6 months before we can finalize the adoption. There is additional paperwork that is needed for the final adoption including paperwork for M’s monthly subsidy that he will get until he is 18. This paperwork will determine how much he will get. There is paperwork for his health care since he will be provided free health care until he is 18 as well.
Arizona provides an attorney for free but you can also hire one. We are using the one the court provides for free because that attorney works mainly with state adoptions, he helps us fill out all the paperwork, and because it’s free. 😉 Even though we live in Ohio we are finalizing our adoption in Arizona because Arizona law allow us to. We chose to finalize there because it was much easier than Ohio. Ohio’s courts required much more plus they did not provide a attorney.
This may seem like a lot, and it is, but most of it overlaps itself and our process had extra steps because we moved. If we stayed in Arizona the adoption would have been done already.
If you are wondering how long this will take you… according to what we did in Arizona once you start taking the 10 week classes, everything else can be done at the same time. So the home visits, background checks, interviews, etc. can all be done while taking your classes so that when you are done you can apply to get your license to adopt. Then once you are matched with a child they will need to live with you for whatever length the state requires, commonly is 6 months. During that 6 month period you can be filling out all of your paperwork for the finalized adoption court date so when the court date comes you basically just show up and it’s finalized. If you enter this process with a child in mind you can get licensed to adopt and finalize the adoption within a year. If you do not have a child in mind then it can take longer based on how long it will take to get matched with a child.
So far, that has been our steps. The last remaining step is the legal finalization.