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Adoptions are governed by state law. Adoptions are initiated with the Probate division of the Court of Common Pleas in the county where the prospective parents reside. The Forms page of this guide focuses on Franklin County Probate Court.
Attorneys with a Franklin County Law Library card may check out these books. Other members of the public may use them in the Franklin County Law Library. The Library maintains the current edition of each of these books, unless otherwise noted.
ABA Consumer Guide to Adopting a Child by
Call Number: KF 545 .K373
Publication Date: 2016
Adoption Law and Practice by
Call Number: KF 545 .A93
Also available as an ebook from the Library's website, for Central Ohio attorneys with a Franklin County Law Library Card
Adoption Laws in a Nutshell by
Call Number: KF 545 .K38
Publication Date: 2012
Also available as an ebook.
Anderson's Ohio Family Law by
Call Number: KFO 94 .A95
Also available from Lexis on the Franklin County Law Library public computers and to Central Ohio Attorneys with a Franklin County Law Library library card from our website.
The Globalization of Adoption: Individuals, States and Agencies Across Borders by
Call Number: HV 875.5 .M325
Publication Date: 2016
Handling Child Custody, Abuse and Adoption Cases by
Call Number: KF 547 .H37
Also available from Westlaw on the Franklin County Law Library public computers.
The Politics of Adoption: International Perspectives on Law, Policy and Practice by
Call Number: HV 875 .038
Publication Date: 2015
Merrick-Rippner Probate Law by
Call Number: KFO 144 .A4
Ohio Practice Series. Also on Westlaw in the Franklin County Law Library Computer Labs. Ch.99 is about adoption.
The Donaldson Adoption Institute
The Adoption Institute was established in 1996 by the Board of Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children (now Spence-Chapin), which identified the need for an independent and objective adoption research and policy organization that addressed the needs of all those touched by adoption – first/birth parents, adoptees and adoptive parents.