Malloy Says He'll Sign Adoption Rights Bill
Governor Dannel Malloy said he'll sign a bill that could allow adoptees access to their birth records. Under the proposal, anyone 18 or older would be able to request a copy of their original birth certificate if they were adopted after October 1, 1983.
That's the date biological parents in Connecticut received a form saying their information could be shared with the children they were giving up. In 1975, a law went into effect sealing birth certificates from adoptees, a move driven in part by privacy concerns. If the proposed law is signed by the governor, it would go into effect next July.
According to Access Connecticut, a group that lobbied for the bill, the proposal would impact about 24,000 people adopted in Connecticut.