Sixteen states currently allow adoptees to access their own original birth certificate. More states are coming.
A broad-based group of stakeholders came up with a bill to move forward in the next legislative session.
Want to know how we got to where we are today with closed adoption records in Minnesota? Start here.
Seventy-four years ago, Minnesota Law 1939, chapter 89, section 1, placed adoptees’ original birth certificates “under seal” and under a culture of shame and secrecy.
Give us access to our original birth certificates so we can advocate for ourselves and our children — or simply so that we, too, can be equal in Minnesota.
The following is adapted from testimony given by James M. Hamilton before the House Health and Human Services Policy Committee at the Capitol in St. Paul, on March 14, 2013. As an adoptive father, I have spent a considerable amount of time over the past 20 years educating myself on the issues faced by adoptees and […]