This is National Adoption Awareness Month ( #NAAM ) so a perfect time to sign this. It's been a long fight but we finally won and we now have the same right to OUR information as non-adoptees in NY have always had.
While I know who my original families are now (thanks mostly to DNA) it means the world to me to be able to get MY original birth certificate and I'm thrilled for my fellow NY adoptees.
Legislation Allows for Adoptees, Their Direct Descendants or Lawful Representative to Receive a Certified Birth Certificate
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation allowing adoptees for the first time to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate when they turn 18-years-old. This measure (S3419/A5494) helps ensures that all adult New York adoptees will have the same unimpeded right to information about their birth and biological parents.
"Where you came from informs who you are, and every New Yorker deserves access to the same birth records - it's a basic human right," Governor Cuomo said. "For too many years, adoptees have been wrongly denied access to this information and I am proud to sign this legislation into law and correct this inequity once and for all."
This legislation removes the right of government agencies to restrict the type of information made available to adopted persons and removes the previous barriers to receive information about biological parents to identify medical data that can prevent preventable diseases or untimely death. Under this new law, the adopted person's lawful representative or their descendants will also be able to get access the birth certificate if the adoptee is deceased.
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