Birth Certificates
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Fri June 6, 2014

Malloy Says He'll Sign Adoption Rights Bill

Under the proposal, adults could request a birth certificate if they were adopted after October 1, 1983.
Credit Katelyn Kenderdine / Creative Commons

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.

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