Providing Adoption Support and Preservation Services
Read the February 2018 Bulletin for Professionals published by the Child Welfare Information Gateway
Risk & Protective Factors for Discontinuity in Public Adoption and Guardianship: A Review of the Literature
Quality Insurance Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation, January 2017
Let's Adopt Reform Report: Adoption in America Today
The Donaldson Adoption Institute, December 2016
Helping Foster and Adoptive Families Cope with Trauma: A Guide for Pediatricians
The American Academy of Pediatrics and The Dave Thomas Foundation, 2016
S.B. 972, “An Act Concerning Access to Their Original Birth Certificates by Adult Adopted Persons.” It would have allowed adult adoptees access to a copy of their original birth certificate if adopted prior to October 1, 1983 (adoptees born after this date already had rights to their original birth certificate restored in 2014). With 41 bi-partisan co-sponsors, the bill passed the Senate on May 29, 2019 after passing the Planning & Development and Judiciary Committees but did not get brought to a vote in the House before the end of the session. A new bill will be brought forward in the 2020 Legislation Session. At the national level, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed S.B. 3419 into law on November 14, 2019 after it passed the Senate and the Assembly in June. The law goes into effect on January 15, 2020 and allows all adult adopted persons born in New York the right to request and receive their original birth certificates. Connecticut-born adoptees whose adoptions were finalized in New York have a right to all the information stated on their original birth certificates through the New York adoption agency that handled their adoption. The process for doing so has yet to be determined.
H.B. 5408, “An Act Concerning Access to Their Original Birth Certificates by Adult Adopted Persons.” It would have allowed adult adoptees access to a copy of their original birth certificate if adopted prior to October 1, 1983. It passed out of the Judiciary and Appropriations Committees and had 49 bi-partisan co-sponsors but was not brought to a vote by the House.
2017 Legislative Session
H.B. 6297, “An Act Concerning Voluntary Placement in the Custody of the Department of Children and Families.” To prohibit the Commissioner of Children and Families from requesting or requiring that the parent or guardian of a child or youth admitted to the department on a voluntary basis terminate such parent or guardian's parental rights or transfer legal custody of the child or youth to the department. This bill was passed by the Senate on the Consent Calendar on 6/2/17. It is now Public Act 17-6.
S.B. 977, “An Act Concerning Access to Their Original Birth Certificates by Adult Adopted Persons.” It would have allow adult adoptees to access an uncertified copy of their original birth certificate if adopted prior to October 1, 1983. It was debated in the Senate on June 2nd and was “Pass Retained” which means they stopped discussion but it maintained its place on the Senate calendar. It was not recalled before the end of the session. This bill did not pass.
July 1, 2015
Public Act No. 14-133, An Act Concerning Access to Birth Certificates and Parental Health Information for Adopted Persons, went into effect. This law restores the right of adoptees adopted after October 1, 1983 to access their original birth certificates upon reaching the age of 18. This law restores the right of access to approximately 24,000 of the 65,000 adoptees who were born in Connecticut since 1919. For more information, visit Access Connecticut.