Success in Ohio!
Birth Certificate Access for Ohio Adoptees
For 25 years, Adoption Network Cleveland has been working to bring access to original birth certificates for all Ohio-born adoptees. In 2013 we had a major success when Governor John Kasich signed Substitute Senate Bill 23 into law on December 19th. This new law gives 400,000 adult adoptees adopted between 1964 and 1996 access to their original birth certificates. This important legislation is the result of hard work by many people over the years and it has finally paid off. Adoption Network Cleveland Executive Director Betsie Norris began this advocacy work in 1988, when she founded the organization, and has followed it through to its success.
We are sure that many of you have questions about what happens next. A very important step in the process is the development of the detailed forms and processes related to the implementation of the new law.
Adoption Equity Ohio and its prime sponsor, Adoption Network Cleveland, are working with the State on implementation, and will continue to be strong resources for information as it becomes available.
From the date of signing (12/19/13) there is a 15-month implementation period for the provisions in Sub SB 23:
Click here to go to a list of frequently asked questions on the implementation of Senate Bill 23.
As we celebrate this great victory, AEO thanks our legislative sponsors, allies and the Governor who helped make Adoptee Access in Ohio a reality! Without their dedication and hard work, none of this would be possible. Please take the time to thank the following legislators and tell them how much this victory means to you! (list with address etc)
Adoption Network - AEO Update #19
Below you can open the 4 page publication "Preliminary Implementation Update". These are jpg files and should work on moble devices. The pages include; Success in Ohio/Important Dates, FAQ, Who to thank/List of witnesses testifying for the bill and a List of financial donors to the ROAR Campaign