UPDATE FEBRUARY 19, 2106
To Our Friends and Supporters:
We are disappointed to share the news that the Public Health Committee was unwilling to introduce our bill this year. (In “short” sessions like 2016 only Committees, and not individual legislators, can introduce bills.) We will have to wait to the next legislative session which begins in January, 2017. We will continue to meet with legislators in the coming weeks while the legislature is in session to lay the groundwork for next year.
Despite our disappointment, we had many legislators supporting our proposed bill who are committed to working with us next year. While the future looks bright, this was not our year. Many of the reasons the bill was not introduced this year are not about our issue (viz. – the short session, the budget crisis, etc.).
We are going to have a thorough debriefing at our next meeting on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 9:30 am at CAFAP, 2189 Silas Deane Highway in Rocky Hill. Learn what is working for us and hear about our successes in the legislature. Also hear about the areas where we need to get stronger so we can succeed in 2017. We will be following up with you in the coming months as we develop a strategic plan to marshall our resources for a successful 2017 bill.
In the meantime, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO THANK ANY LEGISLATOR WHO YOU CONTACTED. We have many friends in legislature who worked hard for us and we deeply appreciate their support. They deserve our thanks!
THANK-YOU TO ALL OF YOU who have written emails, made phone calls and donated your time, money and energy to our cause! This is a multiyear effort and we are very optimistic about our chances of success next year.
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.
UPDATE OCTOBER 26, 2015
We are very excited to and grateful announce that the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ VOTED IN FAVOR OF the Adoptee Rights Resolution at its Annual Conference on October 23-24, 2015! Read more about the Affirmation of the Adoptee Rights Resolution here.
UPDATE JULY 1, 2015
ATTENTION CONNECTICUT ADOPTEES!
On July 1, 2015 a new law became effective in Connecticut that gives certain adult adoptees the right to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate.
Your are eligible to receive your original birth certificate under the new law if:
- You were born and adopted in Connecticut.
- You will be 18 or older on or after July 1, 2015.
- Your adoption was finalized on or after October 1, 1983.
Pursuant to the new law, you are also entitled to receive a Contact Preference Form and Medical History Form, if they have been filed by your biological parents with the Department of Children and Families.
You must file an application and pay a fee to the Department of Public Health in Hartford to receive your original birth certificate. The Application Form to obtain an Original Birth Certificate can be obtained from the Department of Public Health.
Notice to Biological Parents: The new law provides that you may file a Contact Preference Form and updated Medical History Form with the Department of Children and Families, which will be provided upon request to your adult offspring. The Contact Preference Form allows you to indicate whether or not, and how, you wish to be contacted. The Medical History Form allows you to provide current, updated medical health information that may be critical to the health of your offspring and their children.
For more information, please contact:
Department of Public Health, Vital Records Office: (860) 509-7700
(Original Birth Certificates)
Department of Children and Families: (860) 550-6300
(Contact Preference and Medical History Forms)
Access Connecticut would like to thank Mr. Matthew Hallisey, managing principal of Matthew Hallisey Government Affairs, for 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/first 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 our New England neighbors in Maine, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, as well as Alabama, Alaska, Colorado and Kansas. Adoptee rights organizations are active in many states. See a list of state, national and international experts who endorse access!
Join our group of adoptees, birth/first and adoptive parents, adoption professionals and our friends in making Connecticut the next unconditional access state!
*Thanks to our friends at NJCARE for generously sharing resources from their website.*
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