SF1284, which reforms Minnesota law for adoptees seeking their original birth certificates, has been introduced in the Minnesota Senate and is expected to be referred to committee shortly. The current chief author is Lakeville Senator Matthew Little (DFL). With some non-substantive changes involving dates, the bill is the same as one previously introduced during last year’s short legislative session. You can read the full text and track the bill here.
Summary of the Bill
- 99.5% of Minnesota-born adult adoptees would be able to receive their original birth certificates by request from Minnesota Department of Health Vital Records.
- The remaining 0.5% of adoptees who have an affidavit of non-disclosure attached to their birth certificate would be provided due process rights to appeal the denial through court proceedings.
- Birthparents will continue to have the option of filing a non-disclosure. (Only 1 non-disclosure was filed during 2010-2014.)
- Birthparents will be able to state their preference for contact (“Yes, I would like contact”, “No, I do not want contact”, or “Yes I want contact, but through an intermediary.”) This contact preference option has been added to many states that have recently passed access legislation and helps the adoptee know if reconnection is desired and includes a birthparent’s contact information.
The current text of SF1284 is here.
This bill remains a compromise based upon a series of discussions with stakeholders in 2015 facilitated by the Citizens League of Minnesota and paid for by Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota and Children’s Home Society of Minnesota (the two largest adoption agencies in the State of Minnesota). The full list of participants and the statement of agreement is viewable here
- Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora
- American Adoption Congress
- Children’s Home Society of Minnesota
- Concerned United Birthparents: Minnesota Chapter
- Evolve Adoption and Family Services
- Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota
- Minnesota Coalition for Adoption Reform
- Minnesota Adopt
- North American Council on Adoptable Children