Criteria for Adult Adoptions

Who may be adopted? (Section 3107.02 O.R.C.):

  • Adoptee must be over eighteen (18) years of age
  • Adoptee must have established a child-foster caregiver, kinship caregiver, or child-stepparent relationship with the petitioner(s) as a minor, and the adult consents to the adoption.
  • Adoptee who is totally and permanently disabled
  • Adoptee who is determined to be a person with an intellectual disability.
  • Adoptee who was at the time of the adult's eighteenth birthday, in the permanent custody of, or in a planned permanent living arrangement with a public children services agency or a private child placing agency, and the adult consents to the adoption.

View the Adult Adoption Forms Required.

Other Requirements

  • On the date set for hearing, the Petitioner(s) and adult must appear in Court
    Note: If stepparent, biological parent must also be present at hearing
  • All forms and requirements must be presented prior to the initiation of an adoption case
  • Certified marriage record (Petitioner(s))
  • In a foster parent adult adoption, proof of child-foster parent relationship is required