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Access to Original Birth Certificates
Adoption in America Today: The Good, the Bad, and a Path to Reform
This presentation outlines key issues and The Donaldson Adoption Institute's vision of a path to much-needed reform.
Published: July 2016
For The Records II: An Examination of the History and Impact of Adult Adoptee Access to Original Birth Certificates
This report reviews relevant judicial and legislative documents; of decades of research and other scholarly writing; and of the concrete experiences of states and countries that have either changed their laws to provide these documents or never sealed them at all.
Published: July 2010
Adoption Registries and Intermediaries by State
This resource provides a state-by-state list of adoption registries and intermediaries for those who would like access to their information.
Published: January 2008
For the Records: Restoring a Right to Adult Adoptees
This study examines one of the most controversial, emotional issues in the modern adoption world: whether adopted people, once they become adults, should have access to their original birth certificates (OBCs). This report suggests that all states change their laws so that adopted adults are provided access to their OBCs.
Published: November 2007