Washington State Adoptees- Original Birth Records to Open July 1, 2014

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State by state and crumb by crumb, adoptees continue to gain access to their God-given rights.  Today’s good news comes from top left side of our fabulous country. Washington State adoptees will be able to obtain their original birth records starting on July 1, 2014.washington

According to a News Tribune article published in May 2013 when the legislation was approved, “House Bill 1525 — allows those adopted before October 1993 to obtain copies of their original birth certificates identifying their birth mothers and possibly fathers, provided those parents have not filed papers to prevent the release.

Under the state’s old law, those adopted after Oct. 1, 1993, can access original birth records without court orders. Records can be requested once the adoptee turns 18.”

For more on how to request an original birth certificate, visit the Washington State Department of Health Site. There is a full  description of the law and who is allowed access here.

As usual, the new open records legislation comes with an ugly  ‘opt-out’ option for birth parents who do not wish  to be contacted.  If only adoptees could opt-out of having their heritage stolen and their lives mired in secrecy. Open records should apply to everyone!

Blessings for a country where freedom-for-all finally includes adoptees,
Vicki-lynn

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3 responses »

  1. I am thrilled and elated that on jan. 2014 I can access my origional birth certificate. I was adopted in 1961 in bellevue wa. I couldnt of been adopted by any better family than I was lucky enough to have been chosen by. They were the best in everyway and gave me
    the
    best life imaginable. I do know that I have 3 half brothers or sisters that id love to meet. And to thank my birth mom so very much for giving me life.

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