January 28, 2006

STATES PROPOSING ADOPTION REFORM in 2006

MINNESOTA
SF1005/HF 659 allows adoptees, 19 or older, to get a copy of their OBC (original birth certificate). Birth parents(s) may elect to file a contact preference form, but preference of no cantact does not preclude adoptees from making contact. Birth parents who signed Affidavit of Non-Disclosure (enacted in MN in 1974) still living and abiding by non-release would preclude release of OBC. Siblings as adults would get assistance in finding one another. www.adoptreform.org

Other states proposing legislation are: Connecticut. Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvinia, Utah and the Canadian Provinces of British Columbia, Newfoundland, Labrador, Alberta, Ontario.

States with access to birth records for adoptees are Alabama, Alaska (always open) Delaware, Kansas (always open) New Hamshire, Nebraska, Oregon, South Dakota and Tennessee. For details www.americanadoptioncongress.org

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