After the Civil War, Ohio counties began establishing homes for children who were orphaned or from indigent families who could no longer support them. If one or both parents were ill or passed away, children might end up temporarily in the Children's Home until arrangements could be made for them to return to their family or to be placed to work in someone else's home. The various records of the Children's Homes can provide some limited information about the children who were placed in the homes as well as the homes themselves.
Several of the 11 counties in our collection region have Children's Home records, including: Champaign, Clark, Darke, Logan, Miami, Montgomery, Preble and Shelby. A listing of the records available for each of those counties is available in the local government records and in the library catalog.
The department does not hold any adoption records. The Ohio Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics, houses birth and adoption records of persons born in Ohio and adopted anywhere in the United States. Adoption records cannot be ordered online. Contact the Ohio Department of Health for information concerning required documents and fees.