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Open adoption is a form of adoption in which birth parents continue to have contact with the child/adoptive family after the adoption has been finalized. The extent of contact depends on the agreement between the adoptive parents and biological parents. Although open adoptions are allowed in Ohio, they are not enforceable in Ohio. All terms of an open adoption are voluntary and any person who has entered into such an agreement may discontinue communication at any time.
Oh. Rev. Code Sec. 3107.62
The placing agency or attorney is required to tell adoptive parents and birth parents about the availability of non-binding open adoption agreements.
Oh. Rev. Code Sec. 3107.63
If the agency or attorney placing the child refuses to arrange an open adoption, a referral must be provided for an agency or attorney that will arrange an open adoption.
Oh. Rev. Code Sec. 3107.65
Open adoption agreements are not enforceable in Ohio. All terms of an open adoption are voluntary and any person who has entered into such an agreement may discontinue communication at any time.
The open adoption agreement must be approved by the probate court handling the adoption. However, the court cannot refuse to approve an adoption agreement unless the terms of the agreement are determined to not be in the best interest of the child.