Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

February 23, 2011

Five States Allow Adoptees Access to Original Birth Certificates


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

FIVE STATES ALLOW ADOPTEES ACCESS TO ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATES

 As Maine Goes, so Goes the Nation

     On January 2, 2009, a new Maine law—LD 1084—went into effect. It allows adult adoptees adopted in the state to have access to their original birth certificate. Other states giving legal access of records to adult adoptees are Alabama, Kansas, New Hampshire and Oregon.

     It was due to the open records in New Hampshire that my new-found sister was able to locate her bio-family. For us, it has been a positive experience.

     Allowing adult adoptees access to their records is a controversial issue having promises of confidentiality on one side, and a “need to know” on the other side.

     It would be interesting to hear successful and unsuccessful stories resulting from the laws in these five states. Feel free to share your story, whether you are an adoptee or a bio-mom, in the comment box below.

ADDITIONAL READING:

Oprah and I: Adoption Reunion Experiences

Adoptee Finds Biological Family: Mine

THE SWEETNESS LASTS A LIFETIME!!! An Adoption Reunion Story

FEBRUARY DAYS TO CELEBRATE

March days to celebrate

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