Understanding the New

Adoption Records Law in Ohio

In the last several years, Ohio has made important changes to its adoption records laws. Passed in December 2013, Senate Bill 23 now gives adoptees born in Ohio between January 1st, 1964 and September 17th, 1996 the ability to request their adoption file held by the Ohio Department of Health. This law also gives birthparents the ability to let the children they placed for adoption know their preferences for contact. While advocates in Ohio fought hard for a uniform system of access, the law that ultimately passed still keeps in place different rules for adoptees and birthparents depending on the year that the adoption took place.

Ohio Birthparent Group is no longer directly assisting with adoption searches. The links on this page are referrals to other great resources that can provide you with information about Ohio records laws and adoption search assistance.

Learn More About Ohio's Records Law

Learn more about Ohio records law and find resources for search and reunion at Adoption Network Cleveland

Find your request forms at Ohio Department of Health Adoption Records info page