OHIO ADOPTION RECORDS NEWS! On Wednesday, January 16, the Ohio House Health Committee will hold a public PROPONENT hearing on HB 7, a bill to reform various aspects of adoption and foster care in Ohio. Included in this bill is a section that restores the right of unrestricted access to the original birth certificates of ALL Ohio adoptees. Currently, only pre-1964 adoptee have the right to their OBCs with no restrictions. This is a clean bill. No vetoes. It has a good chance of passing in the House. I only learned about the up-coming hearing this weekend. This is short notice obviously, but we are looking for people who can testify in favor of HB 7. If you cannot testify in person, please write letters to the Health Committee in support of it. I will testify at the hearing and have prepared a small legislative packet to distribute to committee members. Wednesday evening I’ll post my testimony on my blog: The Daily Bastardette, http://bastardette.blogspot.com LEGISLATIVE LINKS: HB 7: PDF: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText127/127_HB_7_I_Y.pdf or HTML: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/BillText127/127_HB_7_I_Y.html This bill is very long so you may want to read the analysis instead. Legislation Services Analysis: http://www.legislature.state.oh.us/analyses.cfm?ID=127_HB_7&ACT=As%20Introduced Pages 4-9 and 18-20 pertain to the records access Continue Reading →