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Ohio Adoption Grant Program

Thank you for being an adoptive parent!

Effective April 7, 2023, the Ohio Adoption Grant Program gives you the opportunity to apply for a one-time payment.

  • Ohioans who adopt can apply for a $10,000 one-time payment.
  • Those who adopt a child they’ve been fostering can apply for a $15,000 one-time payment.
  • If the child has one or more special needs (as defined in the law) prior to the adoption finalization, the parent can apply for a one-time payment of $20,000.

To start the application process, an eligible adoptive parent will need to create an account with MyOhio (OHID).

When ready click the “Launch” button to begin the application process. Then click the “Create Account” button to begin the process. 

For more detailed information, please review the Ohio Adoption Grant Community User Guide This user guide is a helpful tool that will walk the adoptive parent through the application process.

How do you know if you are eligible to apply for the Ohio Adoption Grant?

  • You adopted a child under the age of 18 on or after January 1, 2023
  • You are applying less than one year after the adoption became final
  • You live in Ohio at the time of the application
  • This is not a step-parent adoption

The Ohio Adoption Grant Program was signed into law on January 6, 2023, by Governor DeWine as part of House Bill 45 of the 134th General Assembly.