While I recently published a post on the history of OBC access in Florida, a broader and more extensive printable report is now available for downloading. The report is available here, and it is also embedded below.
The report, Florida: What’s at Stake, A Brief History of Access to Original Birth Certificates in Florida, covers the beginning of Florida adoption law in 1885 and provides a timeline showing how Florida adoptees had unrestricted access to their own original birth certificates until June 30, 1977. Because the 1977 law that changed access was not retroactive, adult adoptees who were adopted prior to June 30, 1977, may have current access rights to their OBCs. The report, with its timeline, discussion, and links to Florida statutes and caselaw, clarifies and highlights this legal issue.
I will be adding more reports on other issues and states in the near future, including reports on Texas, Minnesota, and the District of Columbia. 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.
Florida: What’s at Stake, A Brief History of Access to Original Birth Certificates in Florida
Ordering a Printed Report
I have a limited number of full-color printed reports that can be purchased for $4.00 each. The printed reports will be available after October 21. Use this form to purchase one. Otherwise, the report is available online and as a free PDF download.