Adoption Finalized After September 18, 1996
Adoption records may be opened if the adopted person is older than 21 or by the adoptive parent if adopted person is between 18-21 years old and there is not a Denial of Release Form in the adoption file from the biological parent. Please note, other documentation and verification may need to be provided before the adoption records may be opened by the Ohio Department of Health (ODH). A copy of an adoption file CANNOT be ordered online, nor can a copy of an adoption file be provided in our lobby on the same day. Customers may mail the required documents with payment or submit them in our lobby; requests will be verified and researched, then copies will be mailed within one month.
Application for Adoption File (HEA 3011): An adoptive person who is over the age of 21 and who was available for adoption after September 18, 1996 can request a copy of the adoption file. If he/she is older than 18, the adoptive parents can request the information for the adopted child.
Authorization for Release of Adopted Name (HEA 3036): An adoptive person who is over the age of 21 or the adoptive parent of an adopted person at least age 18 but under the age of 21 can submit the request. This form grants legal permission for ODH to release the adoptive name to the biological parents or siblings of the adopted person upon their request.
Rescission of Authorization of Release of Adopted Name (HEA 3037): An adoptee may cancel their Authorization of Release form. By rescinding the Authorization for Release of Adopted Name, the biological parents or siblings will not be able to obtain the adoptive name of the adopted person upon their request.
Application for Release of Adopted Name (HEA 3039): Biological parent(s) or sibling(s) can submit the Application for Releases of Adopted Name. This will allow the adopted child’s name to be released to the biological parents or siblings in the event that an adopted child over the age of 21, or the adoptive parents of and adopted child between the ages of 18-21 have submitted an Authorization of Release of Adopted Name (HEA 3036). Please note, other documentation and verification may need to be provided before the adopted name can be released.
Authorization of Release Form for Birth Parent (HEA 3035): Biological parent(s) who did not sign the Disclosure Statement (ODHS 1693) when giving a child up for adoption can file an authorization form that provides identification information about themselves. A copy of this form will be released to the adopted child in the event that they submit an Application for Adoption File.
Denial of Release for Birth Parent (HEA 2758): Biological parent(s) who wish to change their mind and decide they do not want their information shared with the biological child can complete this form.
Should you have questions about these forms, contact ODH at (614) 466-2531.