March 5, 2014: Hi All: We need emails, letters and phone calls to Representative Gerry Fox from Stamford. We met with him last fall and he has voted both ways on our issue. He is Co-Chair of Judiciary and will carry great weight on that Committee if our bill gets that far.
While it is most wonderful if you are his constituent, ALL contact is helpful. Have friends or family in Stamford? TIME TO ASK FOR A FAVOR! Here is a link to his webpage at the legislature. As usual, polite is necessary and passionate is okay!
His email address is: Gerald.Fox@cga.ct.gov More contact information at his webpage: http://www.housedems.ct.gov/fox/
March 5, 2014: SUBMIT TESTIMONY IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE BILL NO. 5144 NOW!!
Although the public hearing on Friday, February 28 has passed, you can still submit testimony to the Public Health Committee. They will be considering whether to bring HB 5144 to a vote within the next week or so. Sign up for our email newsletter to receive the most current information!
UPDATE FEBRUARY 22, 2014: Raised Bill 5144 IS SCHEDULED FOR A PUBLIC HEARING FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28 at 1030 am. in Room 1D in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, before the Public Health Committee. Please submit your written testimony (it can be an email) NOW to:
Public Health Committee
Room 3000, Legislative Office Building
Hartford, CT 06106
Email Public Hearing Testimony to:
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:
The next legislative session starts in February, 2014. We are mobilizing people to take action now to contact legislators, community leaders and others to support of our bill to restore adult adoptee rights.
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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