SUMMIT COUNTY COURT OF COMMON PLEAS - PROBATE DIVISION
JUDGE ELINORE MARSH STORMER

Second Parent Adoption Update

An Update may be filed if the child was previously adopted through
the Summit County Probate Court and your home study is current.

 

Representation by an Attorney is mandatory unless Form 18.3 – Consent to Adoption and Form AD.7 – Addendum to Consent have been obtained from the non-custodial parent.  Because of Ohio Law and the complexity of the process use of an attorney is recommended.  It is important to note that the Court cannot give any legal advice so you should consult with an attorney with any legal questions.

 

When Filing for a Second Parent Adoption Update:

  • All forms must be typed.
  • Use full birth names; no initials.
  • If there is no middle name, use (NMI) in the spaces provided.
  • Make sure all signatures are on all forms.

 

What I need to do for a Second Parent Adoption Update:

  • A certified copy of the petitioner’s Marriage License Abstract (from the Court that issued the license) and divorce decrees (if applicable).
  • The couple must be married for 6 months before the adoption can be finalized. The wedding date is the start of the adoptive placement. A certified copy of the child’s birth certificate (long form/microfilm copy), obtained from the local health department, and must accompany the petition. This version of the birth certificate contains the doctor and hospital information.
  • A certified copy of the petitioner’s Marriage License Abstract (from the Court that issued the license) and divorce decrees (if applicable).
  • A certified copy of the original Birth Certificate for the petitioner and  custodial parent.
  • Any petitioner, who is currently paying child support or owes child support, must provide a statement or printout from the applicable CSEA indicating any monies due and payable.
  • If the child to be adopted is in counseling/therapy, a letter must be filed from the treating professional regarding the adoption.
  • If the child is keeping their birth name (if different from the petitioner) or taking their mother’s maiden name, a letter must be submitted by the petitioner regarding this decision.
  • All persons residing in the home over the age of 18 (not the biological parent) must submit a completed BCI check, Form JFS 1653 – Medical Statement and Ohio-CR (Ohio’s Central Registry).

 

Fill out and file these forms:

 

  • Form 18.0 – Amended Petition for Adoption of Minor.
  • Form 18.1 – Judgment Entry Setting Hearing and Ordering Notice.
  • Form 18.3 – Consent to Adoption (from parent listed on birth certificate).
  • Form 18.7 – Amended Final Decree of Adoption.
  • Form AD.2.2 – Instructions for Criminal Background Checks and Results.
  • Form AD.7.1 – Motion to Reopen Case for Purpose of Second Parent Adoption Update.
  • Form AD.7.2 – Order to Reopen Case for Purpose of Second Parent Adoption Update.
  • Form HEA 2757 – Certificate of Adoption – State of Ohio Dept. of Health.
  • Form JFS 1653 – Medical Statement For Foster Care/Adoption Applicant/Household
  • Form Ohio-CR – Ohio’s Central Registry

 

Filing Fee:

  • The filing fee is $65.00 per child.
  • If you use a credit card, a 3% charge will be added.
  • Make checks payable to the “Summit County Probate Court.”
  • If after the paperwork is filed and the decision is made to the change the adoptee’s name, an amended Form 18.0 must be filed with Court.
    The filing fee for this amended form is $30.00.