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NY bill would give adoptees better access to birth certificates
New York’s Legislature is considering a proposal that would provide adopted New Yorkers easier and certain access to their original birth certificates.
Right now an adoptee must go through a long process that isn’t guaranteed to result in release of the birth certificate. Birth certificates could identify parents and possibly early medical history. The information could also help a person identify their religious background.
A bill with majority sponsors in the Assembly and Senate would allow adoptees who are at least 18 years old to to obtain a copy of their birth certificate through the state Health Department.
Under the bill, a parent could file a record that would say whether they want to be contacted by the child they gave up for adoption.
Assembly Health Committee Chairman Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan) is holding a hearing in Manhattan on Friday. The committee is considering a bill sponsored by Assemb. David Weprin (D-Queens) and Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island).