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Old 06-18-2006, 09:53 AM
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Stepchild adoption in Ohio

My daughter is 2 and a half years old. She hasnt seen her biological father in over a year. He never bothered to come around. However he was paying child support until February of this year. I have remarried and my husband wants to adopt her. I have no idea where her biological father is he may possibly have returned to Mexico. I know he wouldnt sign his rights away. So how long since he has had no contact or payed child support is it considered abandonment so I can get his rights without consent so my husband may adopt her
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Old 06-30-2006, 07:20 PM
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Consent to Adoption

To better understand this issue and to view it across States, see the Consent to Adoption (PDF - 777 KB) publication.

Who Must Consent to an Adoption
Citation: § 3107.06
  • The mother
  • The father:
    • If the child was conceived or born while he was married to the mother
    • If he is the adoptive father
    • If he has established paternity
  • The putative father
  • Any agency or person having permanent custody
  • The court having jurisdiction to determine custody
Age When Consent of Adoptee is Considered or Required

Citation: § 3107.06
A child 12 years of age or older must consent, unless the court finds that it is in the child's best interest to waive

When Parental Consent is not Needed
Citation: § 3107.07
  • The parent has failed to contact or provide for the child for 1 year.
  • The putative father has failed to register with the putative father registry within 30 days of the child’s birth.
  • The putative father is not the actual father or has abandoned the child before or after birth.
  • The parent has relinquished rights or has had parental rights terminated.
  • The father or putative father is convicted of a rape that results in the conception of the child.
  • A guardian or custodian withholds consent unreasonably.
  • A parent or guardian is in a foreign country and child has been released for adoption pursuant to laws in that country.
When Consent Can Be Executed
Citation: § 3107.08(A)
Consent cannot be executed until at least 72 hours after the child's birth.

How Consent Must Be Executed
Citation: § 3107.08
Consent must be executed in the following manner:
  • If by the adopted person, in the presence of the court
  • If by an agency, before an authorized person
  • If by another person, before the court or an authorized person
  • If by a court, by an appropriate order
Revocation of Consent
Citation: § 3107.084
A consent is irrevocable except if consent is withdrawn prior to the:
  • Entry of the interlocutory order
  • Entry of the final decree, when no other order has been entered, after a hearing that finds withdrawal is in the best interest of the adopted person
From the Child Welfare Information Gateway

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Old 06-30-2006, 08:32 PM
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Thank you very much - I have been looking everywhere for this information. In this information it stated has no contact or financial support for a year. So if he was paying child support up until this year but has had no contact with her in over a year - can I get his rights now or do I have to wait for a year from when the child support stopped also.

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Old 07-03-2006, 07:54 AM
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I live in Ohio and in 1999 I adopted my 2 daughter in a step parent adoption. They require 1 year of no contact and child support both. If they father even shows on a phone bill where he has tried to call that counts as contact. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. It took 6 months for it to go though but it was worth it.
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Old 07-04-2006, 09:19 AM
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Thank You very much
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Old 07-06-2006, 03:39 AM
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hopefully you will be able to do that..but I doubt. if am not wrong,the father himself must sign that he accepts someone else is adopting his child..try to contact a lawyer and ask for precise advice!
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