Ohio Adoption Laws

Ohio Adoption Law

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:  

Ohio Right to Life 2014 Infant Adoption Reform

Ohio Right to Life is grateful to the leaders who worked with us to make this bill a reality in 2014--to all representatives and senators, Democrats and Republicans alike, who stood behind these important, life-changing reforms, thereby ensuring a more affordable and accessible adoption process for both adoptive and birth parents. We are grateful for a General Assembly and Governor who put families first.

Amended Substitute SB 250 puts in place provisions that will make adoptions easier while protecting the rights of the birthmothers, birthfathers, adoptive parents and most importantly the children whose lives would be impacted by this legislation.

  • Under Sub. S.B. 250, putative fathers will have 15 days after the birth of the child to register with the putative father registry.

  • Sub. S.B 250 provides mothers a mechanism of providing pre-birth notices to a putative father.

    • Upon receiving a notice a putative father may file an action to determine parentage of the child within 30 days of receiving a birth notice.

  • Sub. S.B. 250 reduces the timeline for a final adoption decree from one year to 6 months.   

    • While increasing the tax credit from 1,500 to 10,000 to be collected by the tax payer over the course of five years

We have no doubt that Substitute SB 250 will provide best adoption law practices and advance infant adoption in the state of Ohio.   

Sponsor: Representatives Jim Buchy and Dorothy Pelanda and Senators Shannon Jones and Frank LaRose

Status: Signed into law by Governor Kasich Friday, December 19, 2014.

 

Text from the Ohio Department of Health, http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/legalinfo/adoption.aspx, 11/01/2012.

 


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