05 February 2016

Colorado Adoptees Can Now Access Birth Records

The most recent state to allow its adoptees access to adoption records is Colorado.  

As of Jan. 1, 2016, all birth certificates regardless of when the adoption took place are available. 

Forms, including “Application to Access an Original Birth Certificate” can be found here.

You can see a summary of the applicable law (SB 51) here.  The law was passed in 2014 and created a transition period until 1 January 2016.

The American Adoption Congress maintains a page which identifies which states provide access and then currently relevant legislation for every state.

Upfront with NGS has discussed how other states have recently opened birth records for adoptees, For the first time, Rhode Island opens adoption records (2012) and Ohio opens adoption records for Jan 1964 - Sep 1996 this Friday (20 March 2015).

Is your state on the verge of allowing adoptees access to their original birth records?

Are you an adoptee who has recently gotten access to your birth certificate?  What did that mean to you?

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