Ohio’s Adoption Records Unsealed



Fifty years ago, Ohio lawmakers sealed adoption records. For the next three decades, adoptees had no way of obtaining birth certificates. But a new law unseals the records of almost 400,000 Ohioans, and gives birthparents the chance to disclose or redact their contact information. This hour we’ll talk about who the law will affect, and what sealed the records in the first place.


  • Betsie Norris, executive director of Adoption Network-Cleveland
  • Margaret Sabec, birthmother and an adoptee
  • Jennifer Williams, birthmother

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