Ohio Opens Birth Records to Adoptees

Ohio is the ninth state to change their laws, allowing adult adoptees access to their previously closed birth records. Adoptees with birth dates between 1964 and 1996 have had to struggle to find any information about their birth parentage, including health records. Now, with the passage of Senate Bill 23, Ohioans are no longer denied essential information related to biological parents.

The Office of Vital Statistics simply requires adoptees to fill out an online application and submit a $20 processing fee. Their website states that the processing time will be determined per case, but most requests will be completed within 7 – 10 business days.

There were 400,000 people born in Ohio between 1964 and 1996 who have not yet had access to their birth records. The unfair system that has been in place in the past is now being replaced to allow justice to all adoptees.

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