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Question by DeAnna: What are the basic requirements and cost of adopting a child from the county job and family services?
The child wouldn’t have to be an infant, just under about 8 to 10 years old, (since I am 25, I wouldn’t want a child too close to my own age).
I am married (for almost 6 years) and have a we have a 4 year old son.
We live in Columbus, OH (Franklin County).
We are just getting started in all of this and it seems to be a bit confusing!!
Answer by Wundt
Contact them, should will be happy to give you all the information you need, especially if you are willing to adopt older children. In our state (Texas) there are many non-profit organizations that help people get licensed as foster parents and to adopt from the foster system.
In terms of qualifying, you mostly just need to show you are emotionally and financially stable, and otherwise able to provide a good home for the child. This means you have a job, resources, room in your house, a safe environment, etc for the child.
Also, adopting through foster care is very inexpensive compared to private adoption. It may even be free, depending on your local laws and the child you adopt (in our state, adopting older kids usually means you will be reimbursed for your expenses). You will also qualify for a tax credit on your federal income tax and may get other benefits for adopting through the state (subsidies, educational costs, etc).
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