12 September 2016
Effective late last month, Missouri adoptees born before 1 January 1941 can get a copy of their original birth certificate -- Birth certificates now unlock past for some Missouri adoptees.
JEFFERSON CITY • Almost at the start of business hours Monday, eight people waited in a conference room at the state records office for something that had been out of their grasp for decades: their original birth certificates.
They paid $15, filled out yellow forms and waited intently for state workers to retrieve the documents from a storage facility 10 miles away. Their requests would take about two hours to process, but most agreed that wasn’t long compared to nearly a lifetime of waiting...
The article also reports that even less restrictive laws will apply starting in 2018 …
On Jan. 2, 2018, adoptees born after 1940 and who are at least 18 years old will be able to request their original birth certificates. For this group, the law will have some limits. Birth parents who want to remain anonymous may file a document with the state that would effectively redact their names from the original birth certificate. If both birth parents file the same document, the original birth certificate will remain sealed.
Exciting news for Missouri Adoptees.
Not sure if records are “open” for the state where your family member was adopted, check out “Access to Adoption Records” (current through June 2015 and so the change in MO law is not included).
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