Clinton County, Ohio Children Services offers placement services to find secure, loving, permanent homes for children whose family relationships have been terminated.  There is a shortage of parents for older children, teens and children with special needs.

Let us answer some of the questions you might have.

How Do Children Become Available for Adoption?

If persistent attempts to work with the birth family have been unsuccessful to resolve the issues of concern, and it is clear that the child would not be safe to return home, parental rights are terminated by the Clinton County Juvenile Court.  Parents may also choose to relinquish their parental rights if they feel that it is in the best interest of their child.  It then becomes the legal responsibility of Clinton County Job and Family Services to find a permanent home for a child.

What is Adoption?

Adoption is a legal process that creates a lifetime commitment and relationship between parents and children not born to them.  Adoptive parents assume all legal, moral and financial responsibility for the child, the same as if that child were born to them.

Can I Foster and Adopt?

Yes.  Families interested in both foster care and adoption may choose the option of a dual assessment process.  Families will then be qualified to accept both foster care and adoptive placements.  If you would like dual approval, notify the assessor assigned to facilitate your homestudy.

Is Infant Adoption Available?

The availability of healthy infants and pre-schoolers for adoption is a rare occurrence in a public children services agency.  For families interested in infant adoption, we would be happy to provide you with information on agencies specializing in this area.  Clinton County Job and Family Services only conducts homestudies on families who are interested in providing care for a child with special needs.

How Do I Adopt A Child?

Thank you for your interest in learning more about adoption with Clinton County Job and Family Services. We applaud you for your willingness in wanting to make a difference in the lives of children.

At Clinton County Job and Family services, there is a multi-step process to become an adoptive parent.  The average length of time it takes to complete the requirements to become an adoptive parent is six to twelve months.  Read about the Clinton County, Ohio adoption process here.

Clinton County Children Awaiting Adoption

To view children in Ohio who are awaiting adoption visit

To view other children available for adoption in Ohio and across the country, please visit

If you are interested in more information about adoption, please contact the permanency unit at 937-382-5935 or email

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