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.


Adoption Filing Fees
 Adult and Minor Adoptions $150
 Foreign Adoptions $150
 Placements $78
 Adoption 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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Adoption Forms21 documents

  • 18.0 Petition for Adoption of Minor
    document seq 1.00
  • 18.2A - Affidavit for Service by Publication
    document seq 2.00
  • 18.2P - Order for Publication
    document seq 2.10
  • 18.3 - Consent to Adoption
    document seq 3.00
  • 18.4 - Judgment Entry Finding Consent not Necessary
    document seq 4.00
  • 18.5 - Interlocutory Order of Adoption
    document seq 5.00
  • 18.8 - Adoption Certificate for Parents
    document seq 6.00
  • 19.0 - Petition for Adoption of Adult
    document seq 7.00
  • 19.1 - Final Order of Adoption of Adult
    document seq 7.10
  • 19.2 - Petition to Recognize Foreign Adoption
    document seq 7.20
  • 19.3 - Order for Ohio Birth Record for Foreign Adoption
    document seq 7.30
  • A1 - Application for Placement for Adoption
    document seq 8.00
  • A2 - Affidavit Regarding Birth Father
    document seq 9.00
  • A3 - Withdrawal of Consent and Finality of Adoption Decree
    document seq 10.00
  • A5 - Judgment Entry on Release
    document seq 11.00
  • A6 - Judgment Entry Granting Temporary Custody
    document seq 12.00
  • A8 - Agreement to Pay Expenses
    document seq 13.00
  • A9 - Judgment Entry Approving Placement for Adoption
    document seq 14.00
  • Child Custody Information
    document seq 15.00
  • Statement of Adopted Person
    document seq 16.00
  • Ohio Department of Health Certificate of Adoption
    document seq 17.00