Friday, April 5, 2013
Proposed Ohio legislation would help adoptees get access to medical information (as well as other information) from adoption files. House Bill 61 would allow most Ohio individuals who were adopted access their original adoption files once they become adults. Birth parents would be able to provide family health information that would be released to the adoptee upon request; if the legislation is approved, it will not go into effect for one year “to give birth parents time to fill out the contact forms.”
As of right now, Ohio law is inconsistent with birth records for some adoptees. Currently, people adopted before January 1, 1964 have complete access to their adoption file once they become adults; they only have to request the file and pay a $20 fee. Those adopted from January 1, 1964 until September 18, 1996 are unable to obtain their birth certificates without a court order.
Read more here.