“AS MAINE GOES, SO GOES THE NATION”
A news conference was held at the Statehouse in Maine on November 17, 2008, to introduce the new law that allows adopted adults access to their original birth certificates. Starting January 2, 2009, adults who were adopted in the state of Maine will have unconditional access to their original birth certificates at the state office of Vital Records.
LD 1084, the adoptee rights bill, had an extremely strong sponsor, Rep. David Farrington, and the quiet personal lobbying of adoptee Sen. Paula Benoit to shepherd it through with non-partisan support. Benoit’s dignified presentation for records access is credited by friends and foes of access with keeping the debate from the bitterness and acrimony that marked last year’s circus.
Governor John Baldacci signed the bill into law on Monday, June, 25, 2008. For further information Maine adoptees may contact:
Department of Human Services
221 State St, Station 11
Augusta, ME 04333-0011