Search & Reunion

Those who were separated by adoption may decide to search for each other at some point during their lives. Below are some resources for Search and Reunion, as well as the State of Ohio laws and information regarding records.

www.isrr.net
International Soundex Reunion Registry

Adoption Network Cleveland
(216) 325-1000

Being Adopted: The Lifelong Search for Self
By: David M. Brodzinsky, Marshall D. Schechter, and Robin Marantz

The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion, and Beyond
By: Rita J. Simon and Rhonda M. Roorda

The Adoption.com Guide to Search and Reunion
By: Jan Baker

http://www.tapestrybooks.com
This is a website that specializes in selling adoption specific books.

Birthright: The Guide to Search and Reunion for Adoptees, Birthparents, and Adoptive Families
By: Jean A.S. Strauss

State of Ohio Laws

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. Please visit the State of Ohio website to access the forms.

http://www.odh.ohio.gov/vitalstatistics/legalinfo/adoption.aspx

  • Adoptions Prior to January 1, 1964 – Adoption records are open to adoptee’s whose birth occurred in Ohio, with proper identification. Also available for lineal descendants with proof of identity and genetic linkage.
  • Adoptions Between January 1, 1964 and September 18, 1996 – Adoption records are open to adoptee’s whose birth occurred in Ohio, with proper identification. Also available for lineal descendants with proof of identity and genetic linkage.
  • Adoptions After September 18, 1996 – Adoption records are open to adoptive parents when the adopted person is between 18-21 years of age. If the adopted person is 21 years or older, the records are open to the adoptee.

To request a form by phone or to mail a request:

Ohio Department of Health
Office of Vital Statistics
P.O. 15098
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: (614) 466-2531

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