(Note: Access Connecticut would like to thank Mr. Matthew Hallisey, managing principal of Matthew Hallisey Government Affairs, for all his support and guidance in helping to shepherd Public Act 14-133 through the legislative process. Our success to date would not be possible without him!)
We are incredibly pleased to announce that on June 6, 2014 Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law Public Act 14-133 (House Bill 5144), which restores the right of adoptees adopted after October 1, 1983 to access their original birth certificates upon reaching the age of 18. We are completely thrilled and grateful that the Governor signed the bill, which represents years of work on the part of literally thousands of supporters of adoptee rights. To read about the history of the bill and its passage, see this June 14, 2014 update on Public Act 14-133.
Update September, 2014
SO WHAT’S NEXT?
Access Connecticut remains committed to restoring the right of access to ALL Connecticut adoptees! We have a Strategic Plan for the next two legislative sessions which we believe will get us there.
This is going to be a big team building effort and we need your help. We are pursuing a combination of fundraising, publicity and volunteer efforts to ensure we can finish the job. We hope you will join us!
Karen CaffreyPresident Access Connecticut Now, Inc.
UPCOMING WORKSHOP OF INTEREST: One of our strongest supporters, the Connecticut Council on Adoption, is sponsoring a workshop on Friday, November 7, 2014 with Dr. Deborah H. Siegel, LCSW, PhD, DCSW entitled “Open Adoption: Lessons From Research and Practice. Panacea or Pandora’s Box?” Dr. Siegel is co-author with Susan Livingston Smith, LCSW of a 2012 Donaldson Adoption Institute Report on “Openness in Adoption:From Secrecy and Stigma to Knowledge and Connections.” We will be attending and networking there. Click here for the brochure and information on how to attend.
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Who Is Access Connecticut?
Access Connecticut is a grassroots organization of adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents and adoption professionals dedicated to re-establishing the right of adult adoptees to access their original birth certificates, which was taken away in 1975.
Access Connecticut has one goal: We seek to re-establish the right of adult adoptees to access their original birth certificate, a right which the all non-adopted citizens have under Connecticut law. Prior to 1975 all adoptees born in Connecticut had the right to obtain their true, original birth certificates (OBCs) upon reaching the age of majority.
Every adoptee has two birth certificates: A true, original birth certificate (OBC) created the day they are born and a false, amended birth certificate. The false birth certificate is created by the state when their adoption is finalized (up to a year or more after their birth), and says their adoptive parents are their biological parents. The false birth certificate is the adoptee’s legal birth certificate.
More than four out of five Connecticut residents (85%) would support a law allowing adult adoptees to obtain copies of their original birth certificate naming their birth parents. (See this 2007 Univ. of Conn. Survey)
Laws in several states now acknowledge the unrestricted right of adult adoptees to access their OBCs. These states include most recently our neighbors in Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
Join our group of adoptees, birth/first and adoptive parents, adoption professionals and our friends in making Connecticut the next access state!
CURRENT ACTION INITIATIVES:
1) Sign up on our email list.
2) Like our FaceBook page and follow our progress and calls to action.
3) Invite your friends to Like our FaceBook page.
4) Donate to Access Connecticut.
5) Contact us if you’re interested in volunteering to do more.
Your voice and your opinion matter.
Your support of Access Connecticut matters.
Your joining our email list matters.
Your personal letter or email to a legislator matters.
Your attending a hearing or a rally matters.
The Connecticut Adoption Survey October 2007: Conducted by the University of Connecticut Center for Survey Research & Analysis
*Thanks to our friends at NJCARE for generously sharing resources from their website.*
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