Type of Adoption Filings

Adult: An adult adoption may occur once the potential adoptee reaches the age of 18 or older. At that time, the only consent required is that of the adult wishing to be adopted and, of course, the person willing to adopt.

Foreign: A foreign adoption is the process by which you adopt a child from a country other than your own through permanent legal means and then bring that child to your country of residence to live with you permanently.

Private:  A private adoption occurs when hopeful adoptive parents work with a private adoption agency to adopt an infant from the U.S. On the other side of this process, a prospective birth mother voluntarily chooses to create an adoption plan for her baby.

Legal Guardian/Legal Custodian:  A person who has legal custody of a child or a public children services agency or private child placing agency that has permanent, temporary, or legal custody of a child.

Step Parent:  Step parent adoption is the legal adoption of a child by the spouse of the child's birth parent.

PLEASE NOTE: CUT OFF TIME FOR FILING IS 3:45 P.M.

Adoption Filing Fees
 Adult and Minor Adoptions $150
 Foreign Adoptions $150
 Placements $98
 Petition after Placement $82
Additional Costs
 New Birth Certificate after Adoption $21.50

Applicant(s) must do criminal back ground check and must have a home study completed.
For a criminal background check, please call the Richland County Sheriff Office at 419-774-5678.
To arrange a home study, please contact the adoption clerk at 419-774-5584.



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Stepparent or Private Adoption Forms11 documents

  • 18.0 Petition for Adoption of Minor
    document seq 18.00
  • 18.1 Judgment Entry Setting Hearing and Ordering Notice
    document seq 18.10
  • 18.2A-Affidavit for Publication
    document seq 18.21
  • 18.2P Order for Publication
    document seq 18.22
  • 18.3 Consent to Adoption
    document seq 18.30
  • 18.4 Judgment Entry Finding Consent Not Required
    document seq 18.40
  • Statement of Adopted Person
    document seq 18.41
  • Child Custody Information
    document seq 18.42
  • 18.7 Final Decree of Adoption Without Interlocutory Order
    document seq 18.70
  • 18.9 Petitioner's Account
    document seq 18.90
  • Form HEA 2757 Certificate of Adoption
    document seq 2757.00

Adult Adoption5 documents

  • 19.0 Petition for Adoption of Adult
    document seq 1.00
  • 18.3 Consent to Adoption
    document seq 2.00
  • 19.1 Final Order of Adoption of Adult
    document seq 3.00
  • Form HEA 2757 Certificate of Adoption
    document seq 4.00
  • RCPC M2-Record Check Authorization, Waiver, and Consent
    document seq 5.00

Foreign Adoptions3 documents

  • 19.2 Petition to Recognize Foreign Adoption
    document seq 1.00
  • 19.3 Order for Ohio Birth Record for Foreign Born Child
    document seq 2.00
  • Form HEA 2757 Certificate of Adoption
    document seq 3.00

Placement Adoptions8 documents

  • A-1 Application for Approval of Placement
    document seq 1.00
  • A-2 Affidavit Regarding Biological Father
    document seq 2.00
  • A-3 Withdrawal of Consent and Finality of Adoption Decree
    document seq 3.00
  • A-5 Hospital Release
    document seq 4.00
  • A-8 Agreement to Pay Expenses
    document seq 5.00
  • RCPC A-9 Judgment Entry Approving Placement
    document seq 6.00
  • 18.3 Consent to Adoption
    document seq 7.00
  • 18.10 Statement of Indian Heritage
    document seq 8.00