Adoption Academy


Interested in Adoption? Not sure where to begin?

The Family and Youth Law Center (FYLaw) and Nationwide Children's Hospital have partnered to create the Adoption Academy, a prospective adoptive parents educational program from an objective source. Our goal is to bring information together in a comprehensive and sensitive manner to help prospective adoptive parents make informed choices. It is meant to be an introduction to the choices prospective adoptive parents have.

The 2018 Fall Adoption Academy series, presented by the Family and Youth Law Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, will be held Monday evenings starting September 17, 2018. Classes are held from 6:30 - 9:30pm.


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Week 1 - Adoption Options
Choosing an Agency or an Attorney

Week 2 - Step Process of Domestic Adoption
- Home Studies
- Foster Care
- Court Processes

Week 3 - Step by Step Process of International Adoption
Dealing with Foreign Governments

Week 4 - Emotional, Social and Cultural Considerations

Week 5 - Medical/Behavioral Issues in Domestic Adoption
Medical Issues in International Adoption

Week 6 - Finding Your Adoptive Child
The Future of Adoption: Current News

Week 7- Financial Implications of Adoption
- Subsidies
- Tax Considerations 
- Planning for Costs

Week 8 - Adoption Panel - Representing Both Domestic and International Adoption

Confirmation of your space in the program will be sent to all class participants who register two weesk before the program.

Child Care: We are sorry but we are unable to provide child care.

Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations must be received two weeks prior to the start of the first class. At that time, refunds will be given minus 30% for administrative costs. No refunds will be given after that time.

Inclement Weather:
We follow the Columbus Public Schools announcements for weather closure. If weather is still bad at the time of class and we postpone it, the series will be pushed back one week. We will do our best to reach you by phone or e-mail if class is postponed,.  

To register online for the Nationwide Children's Hospital session, click here.
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 All sessions are held at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Center at 700 Children's Drive.  

What Past Participants Have Said:  

“Extremely informative and important information given in an easily understandable format.”  

“This is a very good source of information.  It has been helpful to see many other couples struggling with the same issues.”  

“Informative and honest.”   

 Brochures and Registration   


For additional program information, call Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Institute for Pediatric Education at (614) 355-0662 or call the Family and Youth Law Center at (614) 236-6730.