Update: Senator Matthew Little introduced a new bill in the Senate on February 22, 2017. Read more here on the bill, which is identical to the previously introduced bill, discussed below.
HF 2247/SF 2132 was initially introduced in the Minnesota House and Senate in 2015. The chief authors were Rep. Melissa Hortman (D) and Sen. Michelle Benson (R). You can read the full text, see the co-authors, and track the bills here.
- 99.5% of MN-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 have an appeal process through the court.
- 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.
This bill is a compromise based upon a series of discussions with stakeholders during Fall-Winter 2014-2015 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
The companion bills HF 2247/SF 2132 were introduced April 2015, at the end of the first year of the 2015-2016 Biennium Legislative session. Public education and discussion occurred during the interim May 2015 through March 2016. The Senate bill SF 2132 passed through the Health and Human Services and Housing Committee on March 24, 2016, and was referred to Judiciary Committee.
The 2015-2016 Minnesota legislative session ended without further action on the bill.