18 July 2012

For the first time, Rhode Island opens adoption records

Rhode Island is making adoption records available for the first time to adults 25 years or older.

A state law adopted in September, 2011 has recently taken effect, and on Monday [2 July 2012], Governor Lincoln Chafee ceremoniously handed birth records to four adoptees, as dozens more looked on at an auditorium at the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Details of requesting a non-certified copy of an adoptee’s pre-adoption birth record can be found at the State of Rhode Island Department of Health.

It’s great to hear about “increased” access to vital records where more stories lately have been about decreased or non-existent access!  Know of any other good news about vital records access we can share?

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