The new report covers the beginning of Florida adoption law in 1885 and provides a more than 100-year timeline showing how Florida adoptees had unrestricted access to their own original birth certificates until June 30, 1977.
If proposed legislation in Florida does not preserve a clean and unrestricted right to an OBC, then it will strip away rights from those who have already held them for decades.
I preface this by saying, “My God, New York legislators, did you not even think to determine the financial impact of this terrible bill?”
With questions about New York’s not-an-OBC access bill, I thought I’d set out what the bill actually does—or actually fails to do for adoptee rights.
It is through the emptiness of an answer that we sometimes obtain the truth.
With legislative sessions winding down, four states are still active with OBC access bills. Three bills are clean. One, in North Carolina, is simply bizarre.
With its newly announced OBC2020 “organized advocacy campaign,” why won’t the Donaldson Adoption Institute commit to unrestricted OBC access for all adult adoptees, unequivocally and without compromise?
Not only does New York purport to seal adoption records and OBCs forever, but it also relies upon an archaic, punitive, and expensive court process to access anything remotely identifying.
A list of OBC access bills that are still alive in the 2017 session, plus bills that may have come and gone and are now either dead or barely hanging on.
Forty years ago, Minnesota enacted the nation’s first compromised system of access to original birth certificates. The damage continues today.