Written testimony of Adoptee Rights Law Center in favor of Louisiana HB450, submitted to the Senate Judiciary A Committee.
The bill requires psychological counseling, registration with an adoption registry, and consent by birth parents to release an original birth certificate. It also gives birth siblings veto power over release of the OBC.
Adult adoptees in Louisiana do not have access to their own original birth certificates, except by court order. An adult adoptee in Louisiana must demonstrate “compelling reasons” for a court to order release of an original birth certificate.