About Written Testimony

Connecticut legislators accept written public testimony on all bills that are granted a public hearing by a committee of cognizance. Anyone can submit written testimony whether they reside within or outside the state of Connecticut.

Our bill for the 2020 legislative session is Senate Bill 113. Our goal is to make Senate Bill 113 the most testified for bill in the Connecticut legislature this session. Our past bills have already been one of the top 10 of most testified for bills every year since 2017 but we want Senate Bill 113 to be the most testified bill this year. Why? Because the more testimonies an issue receives, the easier it is for leadership to prioritize. We want everyone working our issue– from in-person advocates to legislators in their caucuses– feeling the constant and urgent drumbeat to restore every single adult adoptees’ access to their original birth certificate. Your voice is an important part of our process but we’ll need everyone – everyone!- to write in. Here’s how:

Directions For Submitting Testimony:

  • Who: Email pdtestimony@cga.ct.gov. Subject line: Support for SB 113
  • Say something like this: Please support and pass SB 113.
  • Say why you support it: “I am an adoptee”…”I’m a birth parent”…”I know an adoptee”…”I am related to an adoptee”….or even simply put “I believe all people have a right to information about themselves.”
  • Extra credit: Testimony is most effective when it is in your own words. Write plainly in your own style and voice and be respectful. Share pieces of your story. The personal is powerful. Elaborate with a few sentences or if you’d like more ideas, choose one or more points from our Position Statement or the list of additional points at the bottom of this page.
  • Complete by this Thurs. February 20. Our hearing is the next day this Fri. February 21 so we need all testimonies in the day before.

Please CC us at info@accessconnecticut.org (or forward us a copy of your testimony after you send it). This will help us make sure all testimonies get onto legislators’ desks. We’re working closely with the committee clerk to do so.

Pro Tip: Don’t overthink it! Your support is powerful even with only a paragraph or a few sentences. If you need more inspiration, see other people’s testimonies from last year’s bill. If there is anything we can do to help you, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here for you.

ADDITIONAL POINTS TO CONSIDER

  • Equal protection under the law. Adopted persons should be treated like any other ordinary person who can obtain his or her original birth certificate.
  • Affirms a human and civil right. It is a basic human and civil right for every person to know his or her biological origins.
  • It is MORE private than existing law. The law will reduce or eliminate disclosure of birth parent’s identity to third parties due to impact of consumer DNA testing.
  • Allows birth parents to privately communicate with adoptees. The law requires the Department of Children and Families to provide birth parents with a contact preference form allowing them to privately express their preference for contact.
  • Protects the health of adoptees and their children. The American Medical Society affirms the importance of current family medical history in protecting health.
  • Widespread support. Studies show that the vast majority of birth mothers, adoptive parents, adult adoptees and Connecticut residents support access.

[Last update: 02/19/2020 10:38 PST]