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Possibly Moving to Cincinnati....any advice??

My husband and I live in the state of Minnesota, but a job promotion for my husband may have us moving to Cincinnati in a few months.  Any advice on local adoption agencies, attorneys, etc in the Cincinnati area?  We can still continue working with our local Minnesota agency (after we get and updated home study) but I am thinking it is a good idea to dual list with a local Ohio agency as well.  Thank you for any advice you can provide!


We are in Columbus and absolutely LOVE working with Adoption by Gentle Care, which is headquartered here in Columbus.

Posted by AllieKat38 on Oct 21, 2011 at 11:10pm

We are in Cleveland and LOVE Gentle Care as well! Good luck:)

Posted by maryohio on Oct 21, 2011 at 11:42pm

you may want to go with an agency that is US or further north in Ohio. SW ohio has long waiting lists for infants - this december will be 4 years for us waiting. I heard it would be better north because they combine with jfs in their agencies. In case you didn’t know Ohio is a no advertising state also…so very hard to network to get word out so whoever you go with make sure they network great for you.

Posted by RalphandPatty on Oct 21, 2011 at 11:48pm

Thank you so much for the quick responses!  I have heard great things about Adoption by Gentle Care as well.  We have only been waiting with our agency in Minnesota for 7 months, but it feels like forever.  I look forward to moving forward with either an Ohio agency or a national agency.  Best wishes to all of you.

Posted by tryingtobepatientinmn on Oct 22, 2011 at 12:32am

We are in Columbus and have gone with Adoption Link in Yellow Springs (half way between Cincinnati and Columbus).  We are on our second adoption with them and had super quick matches both times (not that I’m guaranteeing anything!).  First time we were “on the books” July 15 and matched at the end of October and the second time we were on the books July 15 and matched at the end of October.  I just realized it was the exact same amount of time - weird, huh?  Both of them are infant adoptions.  Good luck with your move!

Posted by briggsy4 on Oct 22, 2011 at 1:56am

We used Adoption Link in Yellow Springs twice also!  Naomi is fantastic!  We also had very quick placements and we were at the hospital minutes after both of our sons were born!  We would recommend the Adoption Link team very much to you!

Posted by BinkynJuJu on Oct 22, 2011 at 9:18am

We live in Cincinnati and have used Adoption by Gentle Care in Columbus for both of our adoptions.  Our first placement happened very quickly (4 months after we were active) but our second took longer (about 2 years).  I think it’s hard to predict timing.  Sometimes it is very fast.  Sometimes it takes longer.  But I remain convinced that it all happens as planned - the baby that’s meant for you comes to you when it’s ready - not before and not after.  We were at the hospital for both births and spent a lot of time with our sons and their birth families during Ohio’s 72 hour waiting period before the papers can be signed.  Both boys came home with us 4 days after they were born.  We have ongoing contact with both of our son’s birth families and get together with them once a year.  I wish you luck in your journey!

Posted by One Down One to Go on Oct 22, 2011 at 11:04pm

We are in Cinci.  Let me know if you want any info about school districts and such around here.

We used Adoption Circle based in Columbus.  They are WONDERFUL and I highly recommend them.  With our first we had a 3 week wait to have a birthmom want to meet us, then we matched about 3 weeks after meeting her and our daughter was born about 5 weeks after that.  With our second we waited almost 2 years to have a birthmom and birthfather want to meet us.  After we met we were matched immediately and our daughter was born about 2 weeks later.

Best of luck with your move and congrats to your husband on the new job.


Posted by momofgirls on Oct 23, 2011 at 12:12am

We are in Columbus but are working with Adoption STAR in Cinci. They are relatively new to Ohio but not to adoption. They’ve been a licensed agency out of NY for a while now. Good experience and service so far! Feel free to reach out to me if you want more information!

Posted by OHSmalls on Oct 23, 2011 at 8:00pm

I’m in Cincinnati and have had two adoptions with Adoption Professionals. We waited 9 months with the first and didn’t actually wait at all with the 2nd (she was someone we knew who came to us because she knew about our first adoption). I highly recommend this agency. They were wonderful to work with. Hope you enjoy living in Cincinnati!

Posted by abauman on Oct 24, 2011 at 12:05pm

2019 Honest Review of Adoption Star (current client for 3 1/2 years): Absolute scamming and dishonest agency - prospective adoptive parents please beware. Adoption Star has really gone down the drain in the last 3 years. They used to be a caring supportive agency with good communication. They bit off more than they could chew since then, opening up a new office that remains severely understaffed and then expanding to other states because they have virtually no birth mothers to profile. My husband and I have been with them for over three years and they call us with **4-6** possibilities a year. We have an extremely open grid but our family “advocate” Shannon Whalen is consistently rude, condescending, and dismissive any time we try to share concerns and ask for support. Numerous clients have complained about her, just read the other reviews. Please don’t make the same mistake as us with such an important decision - look somewhere else to help build your family and offer your hard-earned money. We don’t have enough money to go somewhere else now so we’re stuck with them for a while and no hope anything will happen. Be warned: Adoption Star cares about one thing, and one thing only: $$$. Their official slogan is they don’t find “babies for families, they find families for babies”. Adoption Star, if you’re reading this, consider going back to your original values. Right now your real slogan should be you don’t even find babies - you hunt and prey on people for their money to fund your salaries and failing business.

Posted by adenny85 on Jul 03, 2019 at 5:02pm

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