Welcome to this week’s SCDL Tree Talk Tuesdays. In the last few weeks we here have noticed a increase in the department of people looking to find information on their birth parents. So why the increase? It is because on March 20th, 2015, Ohio made over 400,000 records available to adoptees who requested them. A law enacted in 1963 made it so that persons adopted after Jan. 1, 1964, didn’t have access to their records. This law opens records from that date to Sept. 18, 1996, and makes those records available to adoptees over age 18 and their lineal descendants for a fee of $20.00.
The forms needed to request the records are available at the Ohio Department of Health Website, along with other information about the law. Forms can also be picked up at the Ohio Health Department in Columbus, but will not be available at local health departments around the state. Also, there is an informative video titled “Walking through Ohio’s new Adoption Records Law” on YouTube to help explain the process.
Until next week Happy Ancestor Hunting!
Author: Lauren Landis