Today will be the first day that adoptees, or their children and grandchildren, may request the adoptee’s adoption records. The adoption records usually contains the original birth certificate and may also include biological parent release forms and/or biological sibling release forms.
Ohio Senate Bill 23, which was passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. John R. Kasich in December 2013, modified state law governing records of adoptions that were finalized between January 1, 1964, and September 18, 1996.
Senate Bill 23 modified the law governing records of adoptions that were finalized between January 1, 1964, and September 18, 1996. This law will allow those whose adoptions were finalized between January 1, 1964 to September 19, 1996 to gain access to their adoption file and original birth record from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
INFORMATION FOR ADOPTEES AND LINEAL DESCENDANTS
Starting March 20, 2015, adult adoptees may submit an application to ODH for a copy of the adoption file. The requesting adoptee must be at least 18 years old. The adult lineal descendants (lineal descendants are described as children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the adoptee) may also submit an application for a copy of the adoption file. The adoption file request form will also be available in our lobby on March 20, 2015. The amount of customers expected in our lobby on March 20, 2015, will be higher than usual; please plan accordingly to avoid an unexpected delay or problems with parking in the area.
Below are the forms available to be submitted by the adoptee:
Below is the form available to be submitted by a lineal descendant of an adoptee:
INFORMATION FOR BIRTH PARENTS
Starting now the biological parents can complete and submit a Birth Parent Information Packet which contains: a Contact Preference Form, Social/Medical History Form and an Application for the Release of the Adopted Name. Below you will find detailed information as to the purpose of each form.
Please click here to obtain the Birth Parent Information Packet which includes instructions on completing the forms.
*** Any prior releases submitted before March 20, 2014, by the Birth Parent or Biological Sibling will be merged into the adoption file. The biological parent and/or sibling release forms are not required before the adoption file can be opened. ODH cannot add other types of correspondence, such as letters or photos, to the sealed adoption file. Any additional materials will be returned to the sender.***
*** The law provided that the Biological Parent of an adoptee could submit a Redaction Form in the event they did not want their name released with the adoptee’s original birth certificate. This form was effective until March 19, 2015 and will no longer be accepted. ***
INFORMATION FOR BIOLOGICAL SIBLINGS
A short film was created with input from staff at ODH to explain the process; you may view this film at http://youtu.be/84OVyrw4jUc .
Should you have a question about these forms or this topic, please call the ODH customer service team at (614) 466-2531.
Should you have general questions regarding the adoption process in Ohio, feel free to contact the following private organizations:
Adoption Network Cleveland: www.AdoptionNetwork.org
Ohio Birthparent Group: www.ohiobirthparents.org