COLUMBUS - 

State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Independence) today applauded the Ohio House’s passage of House Bill 61, legislation to address disparities in Ohio’s adoption laws.


Specifically, House Bill 61 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.


“Ensuring that all adopted adults have access to their personal information concerning their birth is very extremely important,” Representative Anielski said. “I’m pleased that we were able to remove the inconsistencies for adoptees."


House Bill 61 delays the effective date of the bill for one year after it is signed into law, to give birthparents a chance to voluntarily file a “contact preference form” alongside the birth certificate to make known how or if they would like to be contacted.


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 House Bill 61 will address.


House Bill 61 will now move to the Ohio Senate.

 
 
 
  
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