I first published a short history of adoptee rights in Florida in September 2017, and later offered a broader and more extensive printable report. The report, which has now been updated for 2021, remains freely available here, and it is also embedded below.
Florida: A Brief History of Adoptee Rights, covers the beginning of Florida adoption law in 1885 and provides a comprehensive timeline showing how Florida adoptees had an unrestricted right to obtain their own original birth certificates until June 30, 1977. Because the 1977 law that restricted that right was not made expressly retroactive, adult adoptees who were adopted prior to June 30, 1977, may have current legal rights to request and obtain their own OBCs. The report, with its timeline, discussion, and links to Florida statutes and caselaw, discusses and highlights this issue.
I will continue to add reports on other issues and states, and will have a more comprehensive state-by-state guidebook and resource available in 2021. Printed reports will also be available for purchase, with the aim to keep the cost low for adoptee rights activists who wish to use the reports for ongoing work. More information about this report and others is available here.
A Brief History of Adoptee Rights in Florida
Sorry, printed reports are not currently available. If there is sufficient interest to print the 2021 updated report, I may do so. Otherwise, the report is available online and as a free PDF download.