Rep. Antonio's Proposed Adoption Record Legislation To Become Law This Month
Law will give 400,000 adopted adults access to original birth certificates

As a result of bipartisan legislation sponsored by State Rep. Nickie Antonio (D-Lakewood) and three colleagues, beginning March 20 nearly 400,000 adoptees born in Ohio between January 1, 1964 and September 18, 1996 will be able to request a copy of their original birth certificate.

"I am so proud to have worked with my fellow colleagues to enact this historic law,” said Rep. Antonio. “All adoptees in Ohio will finally have access to this important piece of the puzzle, regardless of when they were adopted.”

Rep. Antonio has been touched personally by adoption, and was able to invite advocates from all over the country to the Ohio House to testify in favor of this measure. A 15-month implementation period was required by the Ohio Department of Health to inform the public of the details and to allow birthparents an opportunity to complete a contact preference form.

Ohio is the 9th state to change their laws to allow access to adoptee records from a previously closed period. Currently, 16 states give adoptees partial or full access to original birth records.

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