2017 PROPOSED BILL

Access Connecticut is seeking to have this proposed legislation introduced and enacted into law.


Access to original birth certificates by adult adopted persons

Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 7-53 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(c) Upon request, the department shall issue an uncertified copy of an original certificate of birth to (1) an adopted person who is eighteen years of age or older [whose adoption was finalized on or after October 1, 1983], or (2) such adopted person’s adult child or grandchild. Such certificate shall be marked with a notation by the issuer that such original certificate of birth has been superseded by a replacement certificate of birth as on file. Additionally, a notice stating that information related to the birth parents’ preferences regarding contact by such adopted person or such adopted person’s adult child or grandchild and a medical health history form completed by the birth parent may be on file with the Department of Children and Families shall be printed on such certificate or attached thereto.

Sec. 2. Section 7-53a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) Not later than January 1, [2016] 2018, and annually thereafter until January 1, [2021] 2023, the Commissioner of Public Health shall submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, concerning the number of original birth certificates issued annually to adopted persons eighteen years of age or older [whose adoption was finalized on or after October 1, 1983], or the adult children or grandchildren of adopted persons in accordance with section 7-53, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health.

(b) Not later than January 1, [2016] 2018, and annually thereafter until January 1, [2021] 2023, the Commissioner of Children and Families shall submit a report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a, concerning the number of contact preference forms and medical health history forms annually filed with the department in accordance with section 17a-60a to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to public health. The report shall include the number of birth parents that selected each option described in section 17a-60a.

Sec. 3. Subsection (c) of section 45a-751b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(c) Regardless of the date parental rights were terminated, on or after July 1, [2015] 2017, the Department of Public Health shall, upon request, issue an uncertified copy of an original birth certificate to an adopted person eighteen years of age or older who is the subject of the birth certificate [and whose adoption was finalized on or after October 1, 1983], or such adopted person’s adult child or grandchild, in accordance with the provisions of section 7-53.

Sec. 4. Subsection (a) of section 45a-751c of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2017):

(a) On the petition of an adopted person who is eighteen years of age or older [and whose adoption was finalized prior to October 1, 1983], or such adopted person’s adult child or grandchild, the Probate Court or the Superior Court that finalized an adoption or appointed a guardian ad litem in accordance with section 45a-753 shall issue an order directing the Department of Public Health to issue an uncertified copy of an original birth certificate to such adopted person or such adopted person’s child or grandchild in accordance with subsection (b) of section 7-53, provided each birth parent named on the original birth certificate: (1) Consents to the release of identifying information in accordance with sections 45a-751 to 45a-751b, inclusive; (2) is deceased; or (3) a legal representative or guardian ad litem consents to the release of identifying information on behalf of the birth parent in accordance with section 45a-753. Nothing in this section shall limit the right of an adopted person eighteen years of age or older [whose adoption was finalized on or after October 1, 1983], or such adopted person’s adult child or grandchild to obtain an uncertified copy of an original birth certificate pursuant to section 7-53.

Sec. 5. (NEW) (Effective July 1, 2017): When it shall be impossible through good-faith efforts to provide an uncertified copy of an original birth certificate to an adopted person eighteen years of age or older pursuant to section 1 of this act, such as in the case of an adopted person born outside of, but whose adoption was finalized in Connecticut, such adopted person shall have the right to secure from a court of competent jurisdiction or the child-placing agency, as defined in section 45a-707 of the general statutes, that was involved in the adoption of such person, the true and correct identifying information that would have appeared on his or her original birth certificate.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline.]

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