Foster/Adopt Inquiry Rules & Policies
State of Ohio Rules and Policies
The State of Ohio's Administrative Code and Revised Code provide guidance to the process of becoming a foster or adoptive parent.
3107.018 Application to State Adoption Assistance Loan Fund
5101:2-5-20 Initial Application for Child Placement in Foster Care
5101:2-7-02 General Requirements for Foster Caregivers and Applicants
5101:2-48-05 Agency Adoption Policy and Recruitment Plan
5101:2-48-10 Restrictions Concerning Provision of Adoption Services
5101:2-48-13 Non-discrimination Requirements for Adoptive Placements
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Adoption Information
The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services provides a publication, Ohio Adoption Guide: A Handbook for Prospective Adoptive Families (PDF; Adobe Acrobat Reader required). This booklet provides helpful information for families who are considering adopting a child from the public child welfare system.
The Multi-Ethnic Placement Act of 1994 (PDF; Adobe Acrobat Reader required) is designed to decrease the time children wait for foster care and adoption placement, prevent discrimination in the placement of children, and aid in the identification and recruitment of foster and adoptive families who can meet each child's needs.
If you feel that this act has been violated, the instructions for filing a complaint are contained in this policy.
Lucas County Children Services Policies
Pursuant to Ohio law, Lucas County Children Services has established a number of internal policies that guide the foster care and adoption process (PDF; Adobe Acrobat Reader required).
Policy 240 - Adoption Assistance and Adoption Subsidy Programs
Policy 662 – Treatment of Children by Out-of-Home Caregivers
Policy 735 - Assessment, Training and Homestudy Process for Foster Families
Policy 736 – Treatment Services
Policy 750 - Foster and Adoptive Home Recruitment
Policy 751 - Simultaneous Approval of Applicants for Adoption and Foster Care
Policy 800 - Assessment, Training and Homestudy Process for Adoptive Families
Policy 801 - Pre-Finalization Adoption Matching and Placement Services
Application for Foster Care/Adoption Licensing
If you have completed your training and wish to receive an application for foster care and/or adoption licensing, please call the LCCS Licensing and Training Unit at 419-213-3368.