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Private Agency Adoption

A private agency adoption is when a child is in legal custody of a private adoption agency.

Because of Ohio Law and the complexity of the process, you must have an attorney and agency representation. It is important to note that the Court cannot give any legal advice so you should consult with your attorney and Licensed Ohio Adoption Agency with any legal questions.

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


When Filing for a Private Agency Adoption:




The following State forms/reports must be filed (agency provided):


The following Probate forms must be filed:


Filing Fee: