Petition to Recognize
Foreign Adoption

RC 3107.18 permits the probate court to issue an order for a foreign birth record and/or conduct adoption refinalization proceedings. The parents of a minor child whose adoption was finalized in the original country of residence of the child may petition the Probate Court for a new birth record issued by the Ohio Department of Health and/or refinalization of the foreign adoption.

Items necessary to file a Petition to Recognize Foreign Adoption:

  • Petitioner(s) must have previously adopted a child in a foreign county and are seeking a birth certificate issued by the State of Ohio and/or a domestic adoption order;
  • Petitioner(s) must be a Shelby County resident(s);
  • An attorney is not required for a Petition to Recognize Foreign Adoption, but is suggested;
  • The Court may elect to set a hearing on the request for a foreign birth record; Petitioner(s) and the child are required to attend said hearing;
  • The Court shall set a hearing on the request to refinalize the adoption proceedings; Petitioner(s) and the child are required to attend said hearing;
  • A copy of the foreign birth certificate(s) with a certified English translation of the same;
  • A copy of the foreign adoption proceedings with a certified English translation of the same;
  • Petitioner(s) must submit proof that the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has approved the foreign certificate or adoption decree;
  • See the Court’s Local Rules Appendix for the cost deposit amount;
  • Complete the requirements listed on the Court’s Checklist shown below.

If the Court orders the Department of Health to issue a new Ohio birth record for the child, or issues a Final Decree of Adoption, the Court will send a copy of said Order(s), along with a Certificate of Adoption form (which Petitioner must complete), to the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. 

The Petitioner is responsible for subsequently requesting a copy of the new birth certificate from Vital Statistics; Petitioner should allow 6-8 weeks after the adoption is finalized to request a new birth certificate to allow sufficient processing time by the state.

Standard Probate Forms 

For all Standard Probate Forms click here.

For Checklists and Forms exclusive to Shelby County Probate Court, see the forms section below.

COURT CHECKLIST AND FORMS

Adoption Checklist

Civil Fee Waiver & Affidavit Order

Vital Statistics - Certificate of Adoption (HEA 2757)

Statement of Adopted Person

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