Ruth T. Kelly
Ruth focuses her practice on adoption law. This practice includes prospective adoptive parent representation in private agency adoptions, foster adoptions as well as independent adoptions. She regularly represents birth parents as well. Ruth's practice also includes interstate adoptions (ICPC), Recognition (Re-Finalization) of Foreign Adoptions and step-parent adoptions. In 2021, Ruth was honored to be named as an “Angel in Adoption” by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute. She was also recognized by Congressman Brad Wenstrup. This award honors individuals nationwide who make extraordinary contributions to adoption, permanency and child welfare. She is an adoption fellow in the Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys (AAAA), a credentialed international non-profit organization of 470 attorneys dedicated to the competent and ethical practice of adoption. Her extensive experience prior to her adoption practice included a variety of commercial defense work, ranging from premises liability to commercial insurance coverage as well as employer representation in mediations and workers’ compensation claims.
State of Ohio
Commonwealth of Kentucky (inactive)
United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
Ohio State Bar Association
Kentucky Bar Association
Adoption Fellow, Academy of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction Attorneys
Member, Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable
Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, Law Review, 2004
Ohio Wesleyan University, Cum Laude, Economics and Spanish, 2000
Pregnancy Center East, Inc. Board Member (2008-2014)
Eden Center, Inc. Board Member (2013-2018)
Eve Center, LLC Board Member (2016-2019)
2015 Dress for Success Fashion Show and Luncheon Committee Member
2016 Cincinnati Art Museum Gala Committee Member
2021-2022 HCU Network America State Ambassador (Ohio) Parent Advisory Committee
2018 Cincinnati Art Museum Gala Committee Member
2020-21 Cincinnati Art Museum Gala Committee Member
2020 HCU Network America State Ambassador (Ohio) Parent Advisory Committee
"Innocents and Offenders: A Survey of Children's Law in Kentucky" Northern Kentucky Law Review (2003)
"Trademark Infringement: High Fashion v. Google" Faruki Blog (Sept. 28, 2017)
"Limiting the Kinship Preference in Foster to Adopt Situations" Faruki Blog (June 5, 2019)
"No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem? Legal Professionalism in the Time of Zoom" Faruki Blog (May 7, 2020)
Presenter, 2020 Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable: "Adoption & the Dangers of Social Media" & "Federal and State Case Law and Legislative Update"
Presenter, 2020 Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable: "Adoption in State and Federal News"
Co-Presenter, 2017 Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable, "Amicus Briefs -- A to Z"
Presenter, 2018 Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable, "Sibling Rights"
Presenter, 2019 Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable, "Zero Support Orders and Other 3107.07(A) Issues"
Presenter, 2019 Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable, "Amicus Briefs and Tips"
Presenter, 2019 Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable, "Limiting the Kinship Preference"
Presenter, 2021 Ohio Adoption Law Round Table “Here We go Again”, Legislative and Case Law Update
Presenter, 2021 Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable “Re-Engineering Post Pandemic Adoption Practice”, Legislative Update
Presenter, 2022 Ohio Adoption Law Roundtable “Spring is Busting Out All Over the Place”, Adoption Law Update