Adoption Institute

Report Urges All States to Give Adoptees Access to their Original Birth Certificates

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute has just released a major new report recommending that every state enact legislation restoring the right of all adult adoptees to access their own original birth certificates (OBCs). The new Policy Brief, "For the Records II: An Examination of the History and Impact of Adult Adoptee Access to Original Birth Certificates," is based on a years-long examination of relevant judicial and legislative documents; of decades of research and other scholarly writing; and of the concrete experiences of states and countries that have either changed their laws to provide these documents or never sealed them at all.