Foreign Re-Adoption

This is the process for a final Decree and an Ohio birth certificate for an adopted foreign-born child living in Summit County. 

Because of Ohio Law and the complexity of the process you must have an attorney or agency representationIt is important to note that the Court cannot give any legal advice so you should consult with an attorney and licensed Ohio public adoption agency with any legal questions.  Please discuss with legal counsel the best course of action for your family when it comes to foreign birth record or foreign re-adoption. 

The following guidelines may not be a completely comprehensive list but should help you in the process with your attorney.

When Filing for a Foreign Re-adoption:

  • 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.
  • Make sure all signatures are included on all forms.
  • If your agency requires any documents file-stamped and returned, please provide all copies. The Court only needs originals. All two-sided documents must use the binding position of top bind.
  • Hearing dates and case numbers will be completed by the clerk.


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 certified copy of the original Birth Certificate for the petitioner(s).
  • A certified copy of the petitioner’s Marriage License and certified copy of all divorce decrees if applicable.
  • A Pre-finalization Assessment Report (1699) must be completed by the adoption agency/social worker and filed with the Court.
  • Form A.D.2.2 – Instructions for Criminal Background Check


Fill out and file these forms:

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 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 AD.2.2 – Instructions for Criminal Background Check
Form HEA 2757 – Certificate of Adoption


Filing Fee:

  • The filing fee is $159.00 for the first child and $121.00 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.”
  • 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.