The Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics, houses birth and adoption records of persons born in Ohio and adopted anywhere in the United States. Below is the list of adoption laws and procedures that are used in Ohio:
- Adoptions Prior to January 1, 1964 - Adoption records open to adoptee who was born and adopted in Ohio, with proper identification. Also available for lineal descendants with proof of identity and genetic linkage.
- Adoptions Between January 1, 1964 and September 18, 1996 - Adoption records will be open to adoptee when age 18 years or older, effective March 18, 2015, with the recent passage of Senate bill 23. Biological parents will be able to file a name redaction request form between March 18, 2014 and March 18, 2015.
- Adoptions After September 18, 1996 - Adoption records are open to adoptive parents when the adopted person is between 18-21 years of age. If the adopted person is 21 years or older, the records are open to the adoptee. Records will only be opened if the required documentation and releases are on file.
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Last updated: 12/30/2013