All adoptions must have a home study completed per Ohio law, with the exception of Adult Adoptions and Foreign Adoptions. If you are not going through an agency the Court will appoint an Adoption Assessor. The Adoption Assessor will send you a packed by mail once the Court has accepted your filings.
The packet includes:
Your packet must be completed prior to the assessor visiting your home. Everyone who lives in the home MUST be present for the home visit with the assessor.
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The filing fee for an adoption is $183.00. If the Court’s Assessors are performing the home study for the adoption, an additional $750.00, plus $50.00 for each additional child will be due.
You can visit the Greene County Sheriff's Office at https://www.greenecountyohio.gov/DocumentCenter/View/120/Web-Check-Processing-Procedures-PDF?bidId=
Also, please see the Greene County Sheriff's Office new hours at https://www.greenecountyohio.gov/586/Concealed-Carry-Law
Please follow the instructions here: https://www.greenecountyohio.gov/DocumentCenter/View/26848/Child-Abuse-Registry---Instructions-on-How-to-Obtain-PDF
Yes. Home studies are required on all adoptions, with the exception of Adult Adoptions and Foreign Adoptions. Foreign Adoptions that have been completed in another country do not require a home study to be recognized and have an Ohio Birth Certificate prepared.
If you would like to have us review your file to determine if there is medical history, you must send the following to: Greene County Probate Court, 45 N. Detroit Street, Xenia, Ohio 45385.
We do not keep adoption files on site. Therefore, it may take several business days for us to obtain the file. When we have the file on site, the Judge will review the entire file and determine if there is anything in there that we are allowed by law to release to you.If there is not medical information in the file:The Judge will send you a letter explaining that there is no medical information in the file and there is nothing that we are allowed by law to release to you. The matter will then be closedIf there is medical information in the file:We will contact you to schedule an appointment for you to meet with the Judge.
At the meeting you will need to provide verification as to why you need this medical information. The Judge will then make a determination as to what information may be released to you.