Adoptions Finalized between Jan. 1, 1964 – Sept. 18, 1996:
Adoption Records Sealed – Only Opened by a Court Order
An adoptive person older than 21 and who was adopted between Jan. 1, 1964 through Sept. 18, 1996 can petition the court that granted the adoption to request Vital Statistics to search for releases received from the biological parent(s) and/or siblings. Releases and court orders are linked upon receipt, then information is released to the court or appointed agency.
Authorization for Release
The biological parent or sibling can file an authorization form that gives permission for their identity to be released to the adoptee. If the adoptive person petitions the Ohio probate court for his/her adoption information, then filed authorization release information will be provided to the adoptive person through the court.
Withdrawal of Authorization for Release
A withdrawal form may be submitted by a biological parent or sibling who had filed an authorization giving their permission to release their identity. The biological parent or sibling then changes their mind and decides they do not want their identity released.
Should you have a question about these forms, please call our customer service team at (614) 466-2531.
Last updated: 08/01/12