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UPDATE MARCH 24, 2015
Birthmothers Hope Access to Key Documents Will Help Advance Adoption Reform, CTNewsJunkie March 23, 2015
URGENT UPDATE MARCH 19, 2015:
PLEASE SUBMIT EMAIL TESTIMONY IMMEDIATELY IN SUPPORT OF SENATE BILL 1067, SCHEDULED FOR PUBLIC HEARING MONDAY, MARCH 23!!
UPDATE MARCH 17, 2015
YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED…
To a screening of “Four Birth Mothers For Birth Mothers“, a short documentary by award winning film maker Jean Strauss on Monday, March 23, 2015, at 1:00 pm in Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building in Hartford.
Eileen McQuade, former President of the American Adoption Congress and a Connecticut resident who is featured in the film, will be present along with other birth mothers for a Q&A.
This event is cosponsored by Senator Steve Cassano and Access Connecticut, the adoptee rights organization which supports the right of adult adoptees to obtain a copy of their original birth certificates. Last year, Public Act 14-133 restored this right to adult adoptees whose adoptions were finalized after October 1, 1983. Access Connecticut seeks to restore the right of access to all Connecticut adoptees and believes that the documentary would help inform lawmakers as they consider this and related legislation.
UPDATE MARCH 16, 2015
New law provides access to original birth certificates for some adopted persons
HARTFORD (March 16, 2015) – Connecticut adoptees who will be 18 or older by July 1, 2015, your day has come….(PDF PressRelease.)
INFORMATIONAL FLYER ABOUT NEW LAW: PDF Flyer
VOLUNTEERS PLEASE DISTRIBUTE
UPDATE MARCH 6, 2015
WE ARE WORKING ON TWO MAJOR INITIATIVES:
FIRST INITATIAVE: ACCESS IS THE LAW FOR 24,000 ADOPTEES STARTING JULY 1, 2015!!
We are counting down to the July 1, 2015 effective date of Public Act 14-133, which restores the right of adoptees whose adoptions were finalized after October 1, 1983 and who are age 18 and older to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate. Check out our counter to the right, merrily counting down the days until it the law becomes effective!! Many thanks to volunteer Christian Iamartino for this nifty tool!
On March 16, 2015 we will be issuing a Press Release and an Informational Flyer as part of our efforts to inform the public about this historic event. BE PART OF HISTORY! Help us get the word out by signing up for our email news letter, and distributing the flyer at your doctor’s office/local community gathering/friends/family, etc.
Access Connecticut is seeking to identify adoptees who are eligible to receive their original birth certificate under the new law and would be willing to be interviewed or speak to the media. Please contact Carol Goodyear at (860)558-6850 for details.
SECOND INITIATIVE: THE BIRTH PARENT RIGHTS BILL WE ARE SEEKING HAS JUST BEEN RAISED IN THE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE!
Thanks to Co-Chairs Sen. Eric Coleman and Rep. William Tong Senate Bill 1067 HAS BEEN RAISED. If passed, the bill will allow a biological parent, who voluntarily terminated his or her parental rights to a child, access to documents that such biological parent signed or received in connection with the parental rights termination proceeding. Our research indicates NO WRITTEN “PROMISES OF PRIVACY/SECRECY” were EVER made in Connecticut. If passed, this bill will help us obtain documents that prove this. This bill is part of our educational efforts to bust myths and misinformation that impede our efforts to restore adoptee rights to original birth certificates.
Link to the text of Senate Bill 1067.
WE ARE SEEKING CONNECTICUT RELINQUISHMENT DOCUMENTS SIGNED BEFORE OCTOBER 1, 1983…..CAN YOU HELP? CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION….
Want a quick summary of status of adoptee rights in Connecticut (and the US)? This video features Access Connecticut President Karen Caffrey speaking at the First United Methodist Church of Dallas, Texas on August 17, 2014 about our history, progress and strategy for the future.
Update January 24, 2015
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. The bill is effective July 1, 2015. 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.
SO WHAT ELSE?
Access Connecticut remains committed to restoring the right of access to ALL Connecticut adoptees! We had decided for many tactical reasons to wait until 2016 to push a full access bill, the main reason being our partial access bill doesn’t go into effect into July 1, 2015. Get on board NOW to help us work towards restoration of the right of access!
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(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!)
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
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