18 2015

LGBT Adoption and Family Law: When can we expect changes in Ohio?

1:00PM - 3:00PM  

Mayerson Jewish Community Center 8485 Ridge Road
Cincinnati, OH

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A Panel Discussion with Local Adoption Experts

Same-sex marriage is now legal in the US, but the Ohio adoption laws have yet to be re-written to allow equal parenting recognition. A panel of adoption experts will discuss the state of LGBT adoption and when families can expect changes on the local level.

Sunday, October 18, 2015   1-3 pm

Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236



On June 26, 2015 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled, in Obergefell v. Hodges, that state-level bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

In the state of Ohio, where non-married couples were not allowed to adopt or foster children, this ruling opens the door for same sex couples to create families. For families with children, both parents can now be legally recognized and both same sex parents will have their names on a birth certificate.

Fast forward into October and the reality is that re-writing laws once created for traditional marriage and family, takes time and patience. Many same sex families wanting changes on their children’s birth certificates are still very much in limbo.

Jewish Family Service, Adoption Connection, and The Family Equality Council sponsor a panel discussion including Hamilton County Probate Court Judge Ralph Winkler, local adoption attorneys, Scott Knox who specializes in LGBT family law and Ellen Essig who specializes in Adoption and Surrogacy family law. The panel will discuss the state of LGBT adoption and family law and when families can expect changes on the local level.


Sponsor: JFS, Adoption Connection, The Family Equality Council