New State Law Gives Adopted Adults Access to Birth Certificates

New York has become the 10th state to allow adopted adults unrestricted access to their original birth certificates.

The law, seen as a step to help some investigate family histories, does away with restrictions dating back to the 1930's that required an adopted adult to seek a hard-to-get court order to access original birth records, and had been intended to protect the privacy of parents who relinquished their children.

Concerns about privacy have fueled opposition from groups including the National Council for Adoption, a group founded in part to fight adopted adults access to birth records.But officials say a growing body of research suggests many women who place their children for adoption are open to reunions.

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