For Adoptees

Information & Forms for Ohio’s Adoption Records Law

If you were born in Ohio and adopted (in any state), your access to your Vital Statistics file at the Ohio Department of Health depends on the year your adoption was finalized. Your ODH adoption file may contain helpful information about your birth and adoption, including your original birth certificate. The forms you need to request your file are available through the Ohio Department of Health website and are linked below.

Adoptions Finalized

Before 1/1/1964

Adoptees of this era already have access to their files upon request. File an Affidavit of Adopted Person (HEA 3011) to request your file.

Click here for info on adoption records before 1/1/1964.

Adoptions Finalized

1/1/1964- 9/17/1996

The new adoption records law allows adoptees of this era to start requesting their Vital Stats files on March 20, 2015.

File an Application for Release of Adoption File (HEA 3011) to request your file. Adult lineal descendants of adoptees (children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren) can also use this form to request the adoptee’s file.

Adoptees can also submit an Authorization of Release of Adopted Name (HEA 3036) to give ODH permission to release your adopted name to your birth parents or birth siblings, should they make an inquiry at ODH.

Click Here for info on adoption records from 1/1/1964 – 9/17/1996.

 

Adoptions Finalized

On or After 9/18/1996

Adoptees of this era who are age 18 or older can already request their adoption file. Your adoptive parents can request it for you if you are ages 18-20, but you can request it yourself at age 21+.

File an Application for Release of Adoption File (HEA 3038) to request your file. You can also submit an Authorization of Release of Adopted Name (HEA 3036) to give ODH permission to release your adopted name to your birth parents or birth siblings, should they make an inquiry at ODH.

Click Here for info about adoption records on or after 9/18/1996.