There are few things that make an adoptee rights advocate happier than when a state grants equal access to Original Birth Certificates (OBCs). So I am hop, skip, and jumping in joyous reaction to the news out of New Jersey this week. A legislative agreement has been reached that will allow adoptees to begin accessing their original birth certificates on January 1, 2017. Sweet!
While the nearly three year wait is ridiculous (and will make reunion impossible for some who will find to late) the law has lingered in legislative limbo for years. If it did not pass this time, who knows how long it would have been stalled.
The insane waiting period is meant to give birth parents time to have their names removed from their biological child’s birth records. I wholeheartedly disagree with this option as it casts adoptees’ civil rights as less important than the civil and privacy rights of the parents who relinquished them. However, every state that grants equal access is a step in the right direction.
Read the details of this celebration worthy event below-
As soon information is released on the process for requesting NJ OBCs, I will post the details.
Blessings for equal access in every US state,