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    One of the most rewarding responsibilities of the Probate Court is to make sure a child is placed in a safe, loving and permanent home.  Below you will find out more about the various types of adoptions which come through the Probate Court.  

    adoptionsTypes of Adoptions

    There are alternatives to adopting a child.  Under some circumstances, guardianship, change of name, custody through Juvenile Court, or acknowledgement of paternity may be more appropriate.  Information about most of these procedures can be found on other pages within this site.  It may be wise to consult an attorney for advice of the best alternative.  
    An unwed father, known as a putative father, may preserve his rights to consent to an adoption of a child born after January 1, 1997, by registering with the Ohio Department of Human Services, Putative Father Registry.  Registration must occur either prior to birth or no later than thirty (30) days after birth.

    An open adoption occurs when both the natural and adopting parents, prior to the adoption, voluntarily disclose their identities.  Open adoption law applies only to non-relative adoptions and may involve a non-binding agreement for contact between the adopted child and the natural parent(s).  All parental control of the adopted child remains with the adopting parents.  
    Adoption files are confidential and closed to the public.  However, the adoptee (after the adoptee is 21 years of age), may obtain the following information:

    • Prior to 1964 - Copies of the original birth certificate may be obtained from the State Bureau of Vital Statistics by the adoptee only.  If adoptee is deceased, this may be viewed by the adoptee's children only.
    • From 1964 - 1996 - Adoption records are closed.  Identifying information will be released to adoptee only if the biological parent(s) or adult sibling has signed a Release of Information.
    • 1996 - Present - From September 18, 1996, adoption records are open to the adult adoptee only, unless the biological parent(s) have requested that identifying information be withheld.  Please contact the State Bureau of Vital Statistics. 

    After an adoption, the original birth certificate will be sealed and a new birth certificate issued with the adopting parent(s) reflected on the birth certificate.

    Adopted children born in Ohio (or a foreign country) receive their new birth certificate from the Bureau of Vital Statistics in Columbus, Ohio.  Children adopted in Ohio, but born in other states, obtain their new birth certificates from the Bureau of Vital Statistics in the state where they were born.    
    To View Adoption Agencies/Information  

    Click here for the list of Home Study Agencies


    The Supreme Court of Ohio
    The Supreme Court of Ohio announced on March 10, 2015 the adoption of new rules to govern adult guardianships in Ohio.The rules become effective June 1, 2015.  Read More...
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    Attention: New & Revised Probate Forms have been posted on the Probate Webpage.

    Attorneys, please note that Form 14.0, Application to Approve  Settlement  and Distribution of Wrongful Death and Survival Claims has been amended effective January 1, 2015.  The amended forms may be found on this website and at the Court.
    The Court is accepting the amended form only

    for 2015 and 2016:

    September 7, 2015 for Labor Day

    October 12, 2015  Columbus Day

    November 11, 2015  Veteran's Day

    November 26, 2015  Thanksgiving Day

    November 27, 2015 Day after Thanksgiving Day

    December 11, 2015 Court closes at 11:15 a.m. for Staff Develpment

    December 25, 2015 Christmas Day 

    Calendar closings for 2016:

    January 1, 2016 New Year's Day

    January 18, 2016 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    February 15, 2016 for Presidents' Day

    May 30, 2016  Memorial Day

    July 4, 2016 Independence Day

    September 5, 2016 Labor Day

    October 10, 2016 Columbus Day

    November 11, 2016 Veteran's Day

    November 24, 2016 Thanksgiving Day

    November 25, 2016 day after Thanksgiving Day

    December 26, 2016 Christmas Day




    Montgomery County Probate Court is proud to announce that Judge Alice O. McCollum is participating in the National Adoption Day on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
    This local celebration is part of the nationwide effort to call attention to the thousands of foster children waiting for adoption and to celebrate all the families that do adopt.

    To see pictures of the Adoption proceedings go to the Adoption link in the left hand column.