Wednesday, May 11, 2011

COLUMBUS—State Representative Peter Beck (R-Mason) has jointly sponsored House Bill 92, which will allow individuals to adopt an adult child so long as the adult child gives consent to the adoption. Currently, individuals are unable to adopt their spouse’s children from a previous marriage simply because the children were 18 years old at the time of marriage.

“House Bill 92 would address this gap in Ohio law regarding adult adoptions and help to strengthen our families,” said Beck. “It is important that we make Ohio’s adoption laws more comprehensive so that they will serve the needs of both stepparents and their stepchildren.”

Under current law, an adult can only be adopted if he or she is totally and permanently disabled; is determined to be a mentally handicapped person as defined in current law; has established a child-foster caregiver or child-stepparent relationship with the petitioners for adoption as a minor and now consents to the adoption; and was, at the time of his or her 18th birthday, in the permanent custody of a public children services agency or a private child placement agency and now consents to the adoption.

Reps. Beck and Jarrod Martin (R-Beavercreek) jointly introduced this legislation on February 8th with the hopes that House Bill 92 will bring Ohio in line with most states regarding this issue.

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