Adoption Surveys has created and published eight surveys that asked respondents if they believe that adoptees should have the right to access their Original Birth Certificate. This post presents the responses from each survey.
What is the significance of an Original Birth Certificate?
An adviser to the Adoption Surveys team explained it this way…
“Only nine states give adult adoptees unrestricted access to their Original Birth Certificates (OBC); Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Rhode Island, Alaska and Kansas never restricted adult adoptees’ rights to access their OBC.
It was in the mid 1930s that states began sealing OBCs at the time of an adoption finalization. At the time of legal adoption, an amended birth certificate was issued listing the child’s adoptive name and replacing the birth parents’ names with the adoptive parents’ names. The original names, basically, ceased to exist. This is true even in the case of step-parent adoptions.
Make no mistake, adult adoptees are denied their OBC not because they were relinquished or their parents had their rights terminated for just cause. They are denied their OBC because they were adopted. Foster children, whose parents also relinquished or had their rights terminated for just cause are able to maintain their OBC upon aging out of foster care. Adult adoptees are the only group of people denied access to the state’s ORIGINAL record of their birth.”
Without further ado, here are the responses from each survey: