Those who were adopted between 1964 and 1996 would have easier access to state-held birth certificates, under legislation that passed the Ohio House last week.
SB 23 repeals an existing state law that blocked those adoptees from accessing their files without a court order. It also gives biological parents who don’t want their identities known time to redact their names from Ohio Department of Health adoption records.
The legislation passed the House on a vote of 88–2 and will take effect 90 days after the Governor adds his signature.
Under current law, adoptees can obtain information from the Ohio Department of Health revealing the social and medical histories of their biological parents without details that would identify those parents.
Individuals adopted before 1964 are allowed unrestricted access to state records disclosing the names and other information about their biological parents and siblings.