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State Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) has announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed Senate Bill 23, legislation to address disparities in Ohio’s adoption laws.


The legislation permits adult adoptees who were adopted between the years of 1964 and 1996 to access their original birth certificates once they reach the age of 18. Adoptees who were born before 1964 and after 1996 have nearly unfettered access to their original birth records, while it is nearly impossible for adults adopted between these years to obtain the same documents.


“This legislation simply plugs a timeline gap and allows all adult adoptees to access their birth certificates,” said Rep. Hill. “It is important that these individuals are able to access such personal information from that part of their life.”


Throughout the past 15 years, many states have changed their laws to permit adult adoptees to access their pre-adoption birth certificates. Ohio’s inequitable three-tiered system of access has made it very difficult for many adoptees to access this personal document, an issue that Senate Bill 23 addresses.


Senate Bill 23 passed with strong bipartisan support.

 
 
 
  
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