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ADOPTION LEGISLATION - IN THE NEWS

The NJ senate by a vote of 23-14 voted to allow adoptees access to their "OBC" upon request. Many thanks to all those who worked hard on this (for many many years) including Pam Hawsagawa and Jane Nast, both on the AAC board. It next goes to the assembly for a vote. NO doubt, NCFA will be in ther opposing. A couple of years ago NJ legislators asked NCFA members from out of state to leave the room.

OPEN RECORDS ARE COMING! ARE YOU READY?
At least 10 other states have legislation currently asking that adoptees be accorded their basic civil right of knowing who they are and where they came from.

Effective January 1, 2005, New Hampshire-born adopted adults, 18 or older, can apply for a copy of their original birth certificate (OBC).

Forms and procedures are now available on the NH Vital Records web site:
www.sos.nh.gov/vitalrecords/preadoption%20birth%records.html.

The new law also allows a birth parent to express his or her desire for contact by filing a Contact Preference form. The form provides for three options:

1) I would like to be contacted;
2) I would like to be contacted but through an intermediary of my choosing;
3) I do not want to be contacted.

A Birth Parent Updated Medical History form must be completed by any birth parent who chooses not to be contacted. This form will be placed in the adoptee's file at NH Vital Records to be given to the adoptee when he/she requests the OBC. If a birth parent chooses not to be contacted, this does not preclude the
adoptee from receiving the OBC.

To request forms by mail or for additional information, contact NH Vital Records at:

Division of Vital Records Administration
Vital REcords Registration/Certification
29 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03301
603-271-4650

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Questions may also be directed to Paul Schibbelhute, AAC Vice President and New England
Regional Director: pschibbe@aol.com.

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