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Update April 18, 2014: MORE GREAT NEWS!!!!!

(Note:  Access Connecticut would like to thank Matthew Hallisey, managing principal of Matthew Hallisey Government Affairs, for all his support and guidance in helping to shepherd House Bill 5144 through the legislative process.  Our success to date would not be possible without him!)

House Bill 5144 has been approved by the Judiciary Committee!!  It has been referred back to the House.  To keep track of the bill on the legislature’s website, click here.

We are going to be updating this page later today or tomorrow with the next action you can do to help, and yes there is some critical work yet to be done!!

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THE LEGISLATIVE SESSION ENDS WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2014 SO THINGS ARE HAPPENING FAST!  PLEASE ACT NOW AND KEEP IN TOUCH WITH US! 

 

Sample Letter to Your Legislator:

Re:  House Bill 5144 – An Act Concerning Birth Certificates and Parental Health Information For Adopted Persons

Dear Representative/Senator___________ (insert name),

I am a volunteer for Access Connecticut, a grassroots organization dedicated to re-establishing the right of adult adoptees to access their original birth certificates, which was taken away in 1975.  More information is available at the website at www.accessconnecticut.org.

I am writing as your constituent to respectfully request your support and if possible, your cosponsorship, of House Bill 5144 that will restore the right of access to adult adoptees.   This bill will end the discriminatory treatment of adoptees that denies them access to their true, original birth certificates and that creates an ongoing threat to their health.

I am a ___________ (Personalize here – adoptee, adoptive parent, birth parent, adoption professional, friend of an adoptee, etc.  Share something about your personal interest and why you want this bill passed.)

I look forward to hearing from you. Thank-you for your consideration and support.

Sincerely,

Your name, address, phone number and email

PLEASE BE SURE TO COPY US ON ANY RESPONSE YOU RECEIVE!!

Who Is Access Connecticut?

Access Connecticut is a grassroots organization of adopees, 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:

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.

To help:

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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