Rhode Island began releasing Original Birth Certificates July 2, 2012.
“The Rhode Island Department Of Health has been kind enough to honor our request for a November update on the “OBC release” data they collect. Working closely with the dedicated staff at Vital Records continues to be a positive experience. The Original Birth Certificate ACCESS bill that we crafted and that was ultimately “adopted” and passed by the RI Senate included the requirement of “collecting and posting of data”. In the four months since the law was enacted , 699 OBC’s have been released to RI Born Adult Adoptees ( $140,000 to the State treasury). Also, within the 14 months ( March 2011 to November 2012) that Contact Preference Forms have been collected– a mere 10 forms were sent that indicated they were interested in ‘no contact’. An additional 10 forms indicated interest in contact…for a total to date of 20. We have heard no reports of “problems” of any kind and believe things will continue to move forward in this manner. To the contrary—We have had numerous and GLOWING reports of Adoptee connections with their families of origin. RI did the RIGHT thing ! Who’s Next? !
– Access Rhode Island, the group that worked to gain access of original birth certificates for RI born adoptees