What are the laws in Ohio on placement of children with my relatives?

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What are the laws in Ohio on placement of children with my relatives?
06/23/2017   |   Category: Minors ยป Placement wi...   |   State: Ohio   |   #40601

Answer:

In Ohio relatives are given preference in adoption proceedings, or other placements if they meet the requirements.

Ohio Statutes
Title 51. PUBLIC WELFARE
Chapter 5103. PLACEMENT OF CHILDRENCurrent through the 131st General Assembly § 5103.161. Notification of foster caregiver or relative with custody of permanent custody motion or prospective adoption placement
 
As used in this section, "permanent custody" has the same meaning as in section 2151.011 of the Revised Code.

If a private child placing agency or public children services agency has placed a child in a foster home or with a relative of the child, other than a parent of the child, the agency shall notify the child's foster caregiver or relative if the agency seeks permanent custody of the child, or, if the agency already has permanent custody of the child, seeks to place the child for adoption. The notice also shall inform the foster caregiver or relative that the foster caregiver or relative can be considered for adoption. If the foster caregiver or relative informs the agency that the foster caregiver or relative wants to adopt the child, the agency shall inform the foster caregiver or relative of the process for obtaining an application to adopt the child and that the child may be placed for adoption in another home even if the foster caregiver or relative submits the application. If the agency is given permanent custody of the child and the foster caregiver or relative has informed the agency of the foster caregiver's or relative's desire to adopt the child, the agency shall consider giving preference to an adult relative over a nonrelative caregiver when determining an adoptive placement for the child, provided the adult relative satisfies all relevant child protection standards and the agency determines that the placement is in the child's best interest.

Cite as R.C. § 5103.161
History. Effective Date: 10-05-2000.

Ohio Statutes
Title 51. PUBLIC WELFARE
Chapter 5101. DEPARTMENT OF JOB AND FAMILY SERVICES- GENERAL PROVISIONSCurrent through the 131st General Assembly§ 5101.85. Kinship caregiver defined
As used in sections 5101.851 to 5101.853 of the Revised Code, "kinship caregiver" means any of the following who is eighteen years of age or older and is caring for a child in place of the child's parents:

(A) The following individuals related by blood or adoption to the child:

(1) Grandparents, including grandparents with the prefix "great," "great-great," or "great-great-great";

(2) Siblings;

(3) Aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces, including such relatives with the prefix "great," "great-great," "grand," or "great-grand";

(4) First cousins and first cousins once removed.

(B) Stepparents and stepsiblings of the child;

(C) Spouses and former spouses of individuals named in divisions (A) and (B) of this section;

(D) A legal guardian of the child;

(E) A legal custodian of the child.

Cite as R.C. § 5101.85
History. Effective Date: 06-06-2001.