A bill has been introduced in the 2015-2016 Minnesota Legislature as a result of working with the Citizens League of Minnesota from October 2014 to January 2015. Adoption stakeholders in Minnesota participated in discussions that resulted in a consensus agreement and has been endorsed by the following stakeholders:
- 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 bill allows the vast majority (99%) of Minnesota adoptees to receive their original birth certificate (without parental permission, paying search fees, or enduring excessive wait times, etc.). The remainder of adoptees who have a non-disclosure attached to their original birth certificate (0.5%) would have a due process (court option) of appeal.
In addition, birthparents may indicate their contact preference (“Yes to contact”, “No to contact”, “Yes to contact through an intermediary”).
An extensive public information campaign is planned to inform adoptees and birth/first parents of changes to adoption law. An example of a public information outreach (in Ohio, where adoptees’ access to their birth certificates was restored in 2015) can be seen on this video.
This issue affects more than 1,000,000 Minnesota stakeholders in adoption (adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents) plus relatives and friends of stakeholders.
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