When the packet arrived in the mail, Allison Grove reassured herself — for the umpteenth time — that she had good reasons for wanting to tear into its contents. She wasn’t yearning for parental love. On that front, her mother and father had given her a lifetime. The Far North Side resident is married now with four kids of her own. “I wasn’t missing anything,” Grove said. “There was nothing lacking, other than my physical identity.”
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A law that took effect a year ago this month has given Grove and thousands of other Ohio adoptees a path toward solving long-running mysteries about everything from eye color and ethnic heritage to the circumstances of their birth and risks of genetic disease.
The legislation finally unsealed the birth records of people whose adoptions were finalized in
Ohio between 1964 and 1996, allowing them to obtain copies of their original birth certificates. The Ohio Department of Health had issued 7,824 adoption files as of March 5 and continues to receive requests.
“There was a crush with the first wave of people getting their original birth certificates,” said Betsie Norris, executive director of
#Adoption Network Cleveland and an advocate who led the years-long fight for records access. “We almost couldn’t build support mechanisms fast enough.”
Armed with new information, many adoptees are searching for birth parents for the first time, while others, like Grove, have been able to resume efforts that once led to dead ends.
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