New York set to end Adoptee discrimination!
On June 20th 2019, the New York State Assembly overwhelmingly approved the bill that ends 83 years of secrecy over the original birth certificates (OBC) of adult adopted persons. The vote was 140-6 in the Assembly, with the Senate passing the measure 56-6 earlier in the month. It is expected to be signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo shortly and once law, will restore the right for adults to request and receive their own pre-adoption birth records.
For details of the changes, please see this post from the New York Adoptee Rights Coalition. As the effective date approaches, we should learn how the Department of Health plans to implement the law, including what the application will look like, what identification may be required for application, and whether the department will use an online, mail, or in-person application process, or a combination of them. We expect, as in other states, it will be a mail-in paper form that could also be delivered in person.
The new law will go into effect on January 15, 2020.