Adoption Academy


Interested in Adoption? Not sure where to begin?

Presented by the Family and Youth Law Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital, the eight-week academy series is designed to provide prospective adoptive parents with neutral information about adoption options and the various components of the adoption process, including: Adoption Options, Choosing an Agency or Attorney, Step-by-Step Process for Domestic and Intercountry adoption, Social/Emotional/Financial/Medical/Behavioral implications and considerations in adoption, Finding your Adoptive Child, Current News in Adoption, and concluding with a panel of individuals touched by adoption. 



The Fall 2019 Adoption Academy series begins Monday, September 16, 2019 through Monday, November 4, 2019 from 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm.  All sessions are held at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Center at 700 Children's Drive.  

For more information contact FYLaw staff attorney Megan Heydlauff:



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 weeks 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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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.