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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Antonio Responds To Latest Ohio Opioid Crisis Report

 

The lead Democrat on the Ohio House’s Health Committee, Democratic Whip and state Rep. Nickie J. Antonio (D-Lakewood), today responded to the latest dire report on Ohio’s statewide opioid overdose and addiction emergency.

The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences released the report “Taking Measure of Ohio’s Opioid Crisis” Tuesday, highlighting the grim realities many in the state are experiencing, but also making a case for greater treatment access and expanded educational and economic opportunities for Ohioans.

“This report confirms that treatment is necessary to stem the tide of this opioid crisis, and clearly we do not have enough treatment options currently available,” said Antonio. “We can do better. We must do better. Taxpayers deserve better economic opportunities, a strong and affordable educational foundation, and greater access to healthcare services – all things that we know will prevent opioid addiction and abuse.”

The report points to low education levels and limited job opportunities as central underlying causes of opioid abuse.