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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:


What I need to do for a Foreign Adoption:


Fill out and file these forms:

Form 18.1 [1] – Judgment Entry Setting Hearing and Ordering Notice
Form 18.7 [2] – Final Order of Adoption (without Interlocutory Order)
Form 18.9 [3] – Petitioner’s Account
Form 19.2 [4] – 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 [5] – Order for Ohio Birth Record for Foreign Born Child
Form AD.2.2 [6] – Instructions for Criminal Background Check
Form HEA 2757 [7] – Certificate of Adoption


Filing Fee: