Connecticut sealed birth certificates to adoptees in 1974 (through 1977 in a series of bills)
History: Original birth certificates were sealed to Connecticut adoptees in 1974.
Current Access Law
On July 1, 2015 a new law became effective in Connecticut that gives certain adult adoptees the right to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate if:
- You were born and adopted in Connecticut.
- You will be 18 or older on or after July 1, 2015.
- Your adoption was finalized on or after October 1, 1983.
Pursuant to the new law, adoptees are also entitled to receive a Contact Preference Form and Medical History Form if they have been filed with the Department of Children and Families.
For adoptees adopted prior to October 1, 1983, a convoluted intermediary/consent system is in place. Upon petition, you may receive a copy of your original birth certificate on request if the birth parents named on the OBC have affirmatively consented. If they have not, an intermediary has sixty days to conduct a search to obtain such consents. If the search is unsuccessful, a report is prepared for the court hearing the petition which shall then make a determination whether or not to release”identifying information” to the adoptee/petitioner.
- Connecticut Magazine. Adult adoptees in Connecticut trying to gain access to their birth certificates and own identities, August 2013
- Bastard Nation Letter in Opposition to HB 890, February 8, 2013
- The Daily Bastardette. The UConn “Daily Campus” projects and protects first moms, April 24, 2007
- The Daily Bastardette.Busted by NCFA: Adventures in DinoLand, July 6, 2016
- The Daily Bastardette. Bastardette’s Letter to Governor Rell, April 29, 2006
- Bastard Nation Action Alert – SB0004–Veto Connecticut!, April 26, 2006
- Bastard Nation’s letter to Connecticut Law Revision Commission responding to their Report on Sealed Adoption Records. (1999
- Sealed Adoption Records: Report of the Law Revision Commission of the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly by David Biklen, February 17, 1999
Updated August 1, 2015