Adoptive Parent Rights

In the state’s eyes, when you become an adoptive parent, you have the same rights as any other birth parent. 

The Ohio Department of Job & Family Services also outlines some of the responsibilities you have as an adoptive parent, like: 

  • Meet the child’s basic needs for food, clothing and shelter
  • Provide a safe environment for the child
  • Welcome the child as an official and permanent member of your family
  • Transport the child to all appointments and activities
  • Monitor and strengthen the child’s academic progress
  • Advocate for your child when services or resources are needed
  • Provide consistent guidance and discipline
  • Help the child understand their circumstances in the most positive, sensitive way possible
  • Respect, honor and recognize the child’s heritage, identity and culture

To learn more about adoption, visit the ODJFS site here.