The birth parent(s) may be represented by legal counsel. Legal counsel for the birth parents may not be the same person who represents the prospective adoptive parent(s).
If a birth certificate has been issued, it must be filed with the pre-placement application.
If the child to be adopted was born after 1/1/1997 and the birth mother was not married to the birth father and no subsequent paternity determination was made after the birth of the child, the Court requires a Putative Father Registry Certification.
OHDS Form 1693 (Ohio Law & Adoption Materials) should be utilized at the time of the birth parent assessment and is to be completed by the adoption assessor and the birth parent(s).
After the Court Hearing:
Once the entry is rendered, counsel for prospective adoptive parent(s) may file the Petition for Adoption.