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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!)

Excellent News Update June 11, 2014!

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. 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.

Here is some nice coverage by the Hartford Courant as well as a link to the Connecticut legislature’s website page showing the bill history, culminating with the Governor’s signature:

http://www.courant.com/news/politics/hc-malloy-sign-veto-0610-20140609,0,7641189.story

http://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/cgabillstatus/cgabillstatus.asp?selBillType=Bill&bill_num=HB05144

This law restores the right of access to approximately 24,000 of the 65,000 adoptees who were born in Connecticut since 1919.  So, what about the adoptees who were not covered by this bill?

Many of you know that neither myself (Access Connecticut President Karen Caffrey), Vice President Carol Goodyear, nor our legislative champion Rep. David Alexander were covered by this bill.  We are all deply committed to continuing our efforts to restore access to ourselves and our fellow pre-1983 adoptees.

Our next Access Connecticut meeting will be in September as we all need a rest. However, over the summer the leadership will be having informal discussions about our future strategy.  We plan to continue our work with our EXCELLENT lobbyist, Mr. Matthew Hallisey of Matthew Hallisey Governmental Affairs.

AND, if you’d like to hear more about how we were able to be successful this year and what we need to do in the future, I’d like to invite you to attend the Connecticut Council on Adoption’s Annual Meeting and Luncheon this coming Friday, June 20.  Matt Hallisey is the Keynote Speaker. He will discuss the legislative process and how you can most effectively make your own contribution to restore access for all!  Details on how to register are here:

http://ctadoption.org/documents/CCALuncheon2014.pdf

THANK-YOU TO EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND CONTRIBUTION TO THE EFFORT TO RESTORE ACCESS TO CONNECTICUT ADOPTEES! No single person makes an achievement like this happen. It is the result of a village of citizens standing and making their voices heard in personal meetings, phone calls, emails, letters and financial contributions.  We are all extremely fortunate to live in a democracy where we have the opportunity and freedom to participate in the political process and affect our government.

I want every single one of you who did the smallest to the biggest thing to help our efforts year to think about this when your head hits the pillow tonight…...Because of your efforts 24,000 adoptees adopted after October 1, 1983 in the State of Connecticut now have the legal right at age 18 to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate, the key to their birth identity, heritage, and ancestry.  BECAUSE OF YOUR EFFORTS.  WOW!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful, relaxing summer!

Karen Caffrey

President
Access Connecticut Now, Inc.

 

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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!

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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.

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

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