UPDATE JANUARY, 2016
Do you believe ALL Connecticut adoptees should have the unrestricted right to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate?
SO DO WE!
The next legislative session in Connecticut begins on February 3, 2016. We are seeking to have a bill introduced in the Public Health Committee that would extend the right of original birth certificate access to ALL adult adoptees, including those adopted before October 1, 1983 and not covered by Public Act 14-133.
HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Contact your state legislators NOW and ask them to support adoptee rights! Not sure who you legislators are? Check out the State of Connecticut Find Your Legislators page.
Here is a Sample Letter you can use. Download, print and snail mail, or cut and paste into an email. Easy!
After the bill is introduced and a public hearing is scheduled, you will have an opportunity to submit testimony. This is CRITICALLY important, as legislators do read your testimony and consider it in deciding how to vote. You can submit your sample letter, above.
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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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