Search and Reunion Resources
Ohio Adoption Registry
The Ohio Adoption Registry was established by the Ohio Legislature to provide a confidential and voluntary way for adopted Ohioans and their biological families to find one another.
Ohio Department of Health
P.O. Box 118
Columbus, Ohio 43216-0118
International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISSR)
The International Soundex Reunion Registry is a non-profit, mutual consent reunion registry for person desiring a reunion with their birth relative.
P.O. Box 2312
Carson City, NV 89702
Searching to Reunite
Kenna Peterson is a licensed Private Investigator who is dedicated to helping people reunite with their birth families. There is a fee for this service which is determined by the amount of work involved.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
This website is intended to help you find information and resources on searching for birth relatives, reunion, obtaining birth and adoption records, support groups, and relevant laws and policies. This website provides a packet titled, Searching for Birth Relatives: Adoption Packet 3. This packet is provided by the Child Welfare Information Gateway for birth parents, adopted persons, and other interested in learning more about the process of searching for birth relatives.
American Adoption Congress
This website provides a collection of articles, databases, forums and references, including links to other websites that may be useful to searchers working on their own.
The National Center for Adoption Law and Policy
This website is designed to deliver a single online resource where prospective adoptive parents, biological parents, adoption and child welfare professionals can turn for child welfare and adoption law information.
This website is a part of the larger umbrella of www.adoption.com. This site features access to public records, people searches, reunion registries and more. It also gives tips and offers support services for individuals searching for birth relatives.
The Adoption Reunion Survival Guide: Preparing Yourself for the Search, Reunion and Beyond by Julie Jarrell Bailey & Lynn Giddens.
Journeys After Adoption: Understanding Lifelong Issues by Jayne E. Schooler and Betsie L. Norris
Montgomery County Probate Court:
Petition for Release of Adoption Information
Probate Court is the court that finalizes adoptions in Montgomery County. An adopted person over the age of 21 who was adopted after 1964 can file a Petition for Release of Adoption Information. If the adopted person’s birth parent has filed an Authorization for Release with the Ohio Department of Health, then the Probate court can release the requested identifying information. If an Authorization for Release is not on file with the Ohio Department of Health, then the Probate court instructs Catholic Social Services to release non-identifying information to the adopted person. The Petition for Release of Adoption Information should be submitted to Montgomery County Probate Court at the address listed below.Montgomery County Probate Court 41 N. Perry Street Dayton, OH 45422 (937) 224-8498 (937) 496-3181 (fax) http://www.mcohio.org/probate/
For an adoption that was finalized in a county other than Montgomery County, please feel free to contact Jackie Porter at Catholic Social Services for additional assistance. (937) 223-7217 x 2125, 1-800-300-2937 x 2125, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio Department of Health:
Authorization for Release of Information
For adoptions that took place after 1964, the Ohio Department of Health keeps records of Authorization for Release of Information submitted by birth parents and biological siblings of adopted persons. The birth parents can file an Authorization for Release of Information with the Ohio Department of Health that gives permission for their identity to be released to the adoptee. If the adopted person petitions the Ohio probate court for his/her adoption information, then the authorized information will be provided. The Authorization for Release of Information should be submitted to the Ohio Department of Health at the address listed below.
For adoptions that took place before 1964, the adopted person can receive contents of the adoption file by submitting a Notarized Affidavit to the Ohio Department of Health. The Notarized Affidavit should be submitted to the Ohio Department of Health at the address listed below.
Request for Assistance by Adopted Person
An adopted person over the age of 21 can submit a Request for Assistance by Adopted Person to authorize the release of information pertaining to the adopted person to the birth parent or birth sibling. The Request for Assistance by Adopted Person should be submitted to the Ohio Department of Health at the address listed below.Vital Statistics 35 East Chestnut Street P.O. Box 118 Columbus, OH 43216-0118 (614) 466-4784 http://www.odh.ohio.gov/