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    The Court requires Petitioner(s) be statutorily married one (1) year before the finalization of the adoption 

    Criteria for Stepparent Adoptions 
    • Certified copy of child's birth certificate  
    • Certified copy of death certificate of spouse(s) or natural parent(s)
    • Certified copies of divorce decrees of Petitioner and natural parent
    • Certified marriage certificate
    • Certified copies of support or custody orders (if applicable)
    • Paternity results (if applicable)

     Adoption Forms Required

    • Petition for Adoption
    • Entry Setting Date of Hearing and Ordering Notice
    • Assignment of Investigator
    • Affidavit 3127.23
    • Consent to Adoption
    • Entry Finding Consent Not Necessary (if applicable)
    • Final Decree of Adoption
    • Adoption Certificate for Parents
    • Certificate of Adoption
    • Authorization for Release of Confidential Information/Police Criminal Record Check
    • Crimes Involving Child Abuse, Violence and Drugs
     Other Requirements
    • Notice of hearing will be served by Certified Mail, Sheriff or Process Server to legal parents if consent is not filed and address is known (Instructions for Service will be required stating recommended type of service).  If address is unknown, the Affidavit and Entry for Publication will be required.  If father is putative and the Ohio Putative
      Father Registry or another state's putative father registry applies, a Certification is  required
    • On the date set for hearing, the Petitioner(s) and child(ren) must appear in Court
    • Petitioner must be available for a home interview by the assigned caseworker 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.
    • All forms and requirements must be presented prior to the initiation of an adoption case



















    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.