INDEPENDENT

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Independent Adoptions are filed in the following cases
  • Grandparent Adoptions
  • Guardian(s) Appointed by Montgomery County, Ohio Court Entry
  • After a Legal Placement Approved Adoption
  • Independent Relative Adoption

Criteria for Independent Adoptions

  • Certified copies of the minor child's birth certificate, death certificate(s) of parent(s), divorce decrees and marriage certificates
  • (Note: If adoption follows a legal placement, these documents will already have been filed with the legal placement application)
  • Petitioner(s) must be available for interview and for a home call prior to the date of hearing
  • Everyone in the household 18 years of age or older must have a criminal background check. Please contact the Court for costs.
  • On the date set for hearing, the petitioner(s) and child(ren) must appear in Court
  • In a grandparent adoption, this Court requires a certified birth record of natural parent(s)
  • BCI/FBI Background checks
  • Search of the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS)

Adoption Forms Required