What I need to do for a Foreign Adoption:
- You must hire an attorney or go through an Ohio adoption agency. This is a State of Ohio law.
- For purposes of adoption, the child to be adopted must live in the home of the petitioner at least 6 months before the final hearing.
- Bring the original and a copy of the Foreign Adoption Decree or the Certificate of Adoption, and the birth certificate. If these documents are in a language other than English, you must bring a certified translation. The Court will return the originals to you.
- Bring the original and a copy of the passport, visa, and citizenship papers. The Court will review each document and return the originals to you.
- Bring a copy of the BCI and FBI final reports from the agency for filing with the Court.
- You must provide copies of all home studies, post placement visits, and any other documents or notes related to the adoption.
- A Pre-finalization Assessment Report (1699) must be completed by the adoption agency/social worker and filed with the Court.
When Filing for a Foreign Readoption:
- All forms must be typed.
- Use full birth-names and no initials.
- If there is no middle name or initial, use (NMI) in the spaces provided.
- Make sure all signatures are included on all forms.
Fill out and file these forms:
Form 19.2 – Petition to Recognize Foreign Adoption (The “Other” box on page 2 must be checked that you wish the Court to issue a Final Decree of Adoption.)
Form 19.3 – Order for Ohio Birth Record for Foreign Born Child
Form 18.1 – Judgment Entry Setting Hearing and Ordering Notice
Form 18.7 – Final Order of Adoption (without Interlocutory Order)
Form 18.9 – Petitioner’s Account
Form HEA 2757 – Certificate of Adoption
- The filing fee is $159 for the first child and $121 for each additional child.
- If you use a credit card, a 3% charge will be added.
- Make checks made payable to the “Summit County Probate Court.”