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Child Adoption Law in Ohio: Grandparent and Step Parent Adoptions

Grandparents and step parents must follow the same process as any other persons adopting. In Ohio, a spouse can apply through their local probate court to adopt the child after the step parent has been married for at least one year to one of the child's birth parents. Please note that the biological father must consent to the stepparent adoption unless the court finds that he has unjustifiably not had contact with the child for at least a year.