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"Birth Parent 'Privacy'
based on false premise"
Welcome to NJCARE:
New Jersey Coalition for Adoption Reform & Education
When adoptees seek their birth families we generally think of young people in their 20’s and 30’s. But what about adoptees who are over 50? What about an adoptee who's 92, seeking closure on her origins before she dies?
"ADOPTED: for the life of me" (www.adoptedforthelifeofme.com), a documentary by Jean Strauss, shares the stories of two men -- one from New Jersey -- who searched 10 years ago.
Mary Mild, Pete Franklin, Susan Merkel and Pam Hasegawa (behind camera) enjoyed conversation with many attendees at the Concerned Persons for Adoption conference at Rutgers on Nov. 15. NJCARE thanked CPFA for its years of support and encouragement as we worked together for adoptees' access to their original OBCs.
The photograph in the background was taken in Trenton when Gov. Christie signed Adoptees' Birthright Bill (P.L. 2014, C. 9) into law on May 27, 2014. Photo: Linnea Hasegawa
January 2016: One Year and Counting until Adoptees in New Jersey will have access to their original birth certificates.
August 3, 2015
The New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) has posted "New Records System for Birth Parents" on its web site. This includes information and forms for original/birth parents to complete if they want to file their wishes regarding contact with the Registrar of Vital Statistics.
For details please see https://adoptionrecords.nj.gov/arms/a/index.html
For answers to frequently-asked questions, see: http://www.state.nj.us//health/vital/adoptee_faq.shtml
If you need help with any of the forms, you may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and day time phone number and we will respond.
July 13, 2015
May 27, 2014
Governor signs Birthright Bill at public signing in Trenton. New Jersey adoptees will have access to original birth certificates beginning January 1, 2017.
April 28, 2014
Gov. Christie and lawmakers reach an historic agreement to allow adopted citizens born and relinquished in NJ or born elsewhere and adopted in NJ access to a copy of their original birth certificate. See articles on Public Views page.
Read the new law at P.L. 2014, c.9
May 24, 2014: Colorado passed adoption reform access legislation.
December 2013, Ohio passed adoption reform access legislation. Press Release
February 27, 2012, Rhode Island enacted access legislation.
September 13, 2011, copies of original Illinois birth certificates became available to adopted and relinquished citizens.
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