Search and Reunion

Adoption Network Cleveland successfully helps adult adoptees, birthparents, siblings and extended families find one another. Our assistance includes providing information on public records, search techniques and emotional support during your search.

Since 1988, we have facilitated countless searches to completion. We believe that the process of searching is, in itself, personally satisfying. Through this process you often find parts of yourself that you are looking for (maybe unknowingly), as well as the people/person that you are seeking. We assist you in doing your own search through sharing our expertise, resources, and ongoing support along the way. We strongly feel that being engaged in your own search process is integral and cathartic. Outcomes of a search can vary widely; therefore, the support and experience provided by the Adoption Network Cleveland staff is something we find vital to the process for all involved parties.

Due to the efforts of Adoption Network Cleveland, Ohio adoptees have access to their original birth records. Original birth records have always been available under Ohio law to adoptees adopted before January 1, 1964 and their lineal descendants. In 2013, Adoption Network Cleveland achieved a major success towards our long term legislative goal of gaining the right for all Ohio adoptees to have access to their original birth records with a law that went into effect March 20, 2015 and gave 400,000 adult adoptees adopted between 1964 and 1996 access to their original birth certificates.  Due to the previous efforts of Adoption Network Cleveland, adoptees whose adoptions were finalized after September 18, 1996 also have access to their original birth records (at age 21, and to the adoptive parents of an adoptee age 18-20) unless the birthparent has asked that it be withheld. 

Click here for answers to some frequently asked questions.

Forms and detailed information are available on the Ohio Department of Health website.  Click here to access their website.

Below are the forms available to be submitted by the adoptee:

Below are the forms available to be submitted by the lineal descendants of an adoptee:

Below is the form available to be submitted by the birthparent:
Birthparent Information Packet (which includes Contact Preference Form, Social and Medical History Form, and Application for Release of Adopted Name)

For more information about searching, read answers to frequently asked questions about searching, learn about requirements for searching through Adoption Network Cleveland, or call Amy Lomis, Program Coordinator/Adult Adoptees and Birthparents, at (216) 482-2323. 
“Adoption Network Cleveland provides me unique support and understanding about being adopted.”
Lisa Buescher
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