TIMELINE OF CONNECTICUT STATUTES

–Pre-1944–

Adoption information is public.

— 1944-1975 —

Unrestricted right of access to original birth certificates by all adult adoptees and parents of minor adoptees. CGS Sec. 7-53.

–1975–

Retroactive and prospective removal of unrestricted right to access.  PA 75-170.

–1983–

Probate Court Affidavit Form JD-JM-60 implemented on October 1, 1983. Affidavit is required in all voluntary termination of parental rights cases. Affidavit contains a notice provision that informs all biological parents that their identity, and the identity of other blood relatives, may be disclosed to adult adoptee when he or she reaches the age of 18. www.ctprobate.gov/Forms

–1987–

Retroactive restoration of the unrestricted right of all adult adoptees to obtain identifying information regarding a deceased biological parent. PA 87-555.
CGS Sec. 45a-751b(2)(e). CGS 45a-753(e).

–2015–

Retroactive restoration of the unrestricted right of adult adoptees born and adopted on or after October 1, 1983 to obtain original birth certificate.  PA 14-133. CGS 7-53.

–Present–

Adult adoptees born and adopted on or after October 1, 1983 have unrestricted right to obtain original birth certificate. All adult adoptees have an unrestricted right to obtain identifying information regarding a deceased biological parent. All adoptees have restricted right to obtain court order releasing original birth certificate.
PA 14-133. CGS 7-53. CGS Sec. 45a-751b(2)(e). CGS 45a-753(e).