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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.


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.  In the meantime, we are seeking to have a bill passed this year which is a birth parent rights bill to access to their relinquishment documents.  The bill will help us gather data to bolster our case in 2016 that birth parents were never “promised” privacy/secrecy, etc., which is one of the main concerns of our opponents (and one of the largest myths about adoption.)

However, things may heat up in Connecticut this year beyond our expectations. Two proposed bills have been introduced in the past few days.

One introduced by Rep. Lonnie Reed would grant full access to ALL adoptees, regardless of date of adoption (YAY!):


The other would enact a one time disclosure veto option that would expire Jan, 1, 2017 (NO!):


The latter was introduced by Sen. Michael McLachlan.

Hundreds of proposed bills in CT get introduced.  We have been meeting with legislators and are reaching out to others, with the help of our excelllent lobbyist Mr. Matt Hallisey of Matthew Hallisey Government Affairs.  We will keep you posted…

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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!


To help:

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4) Donate to Access Connecticut.

5) Contact us if you’re interested in volunteering to do more.

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Your personal letter or email to a legislator matters.

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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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