I ask that you support this proposed legislation and that you decline to introduce legislation that fails to provide adult adoptees with the unrestricted right to obtain their own OBCs.
The latest in adoptee rights legislation, with sessions just getting started, in full swing, or even close to adjournment. New York and Florida are the big ones but others hang on to the promise of clean.
The truth about Florida is this: no OBC access bill will get through the Florida legislature this session without legislators adding crippling and discriminatory restrictions. Ask questions. But insist on true answers.
When you fact-check claims of anonymous people who tell adoptees to swallow inequality, the decision is easy. No to HB357. It’s yet another disaster.
Adoptees and more than two dozen state and national organizations oppose Florida’s HB357, a badly flawed anti-equality bill
Florida’s HB357 creates an inequitable two-class system of OBC access that requires a forty year period to pass after an adoption before most adoptees can obtain original birth certificates upon request.
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.
Adult adoptees in Florida do not have access to their original birth certificates, except by court order. Identifying information may be released to an adult adoptee if a birth parent consents to the release or if a court orders the records released for good cause.