Adoptees in Ohio can now access original birth certificates

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio– A change in state law is giving thousands of adoptees access to previously sealed records.

Julie Mooney, of Strongsville, said she’s been looking forward to this moment for a long time.

She’s always wondered about her birth parents, but was never able to find their names since she was part of a closed adoption. On Thursday, that was no longer the case.

All adoptees born between Jan. 1, 1964 and Sept. 18, 1996 can now get their original birth certificates along with other documents. The Ohio Department of Health is handling the applications for those records.

“Both of my parents are gone now and I think they would be very proud to know that I`m pursuing my new story,” Mooney said.

She and others are planning to go to Columbus to fill out their applications in person.

To learn more, click on the links below:

Ohio Department of Health

Adoption Network Cleveland