Maryland Adoptee Rights advocate Peggy Klappenberger penned a great opinion piece that has been published in the Capital Gazette, the daily newspaper in Annapolis. From the piece: SB331 and HB999 will achieve what’s needed — restored access to all Maryland-born adult adoptees, regardless of when their adoptions were finalized. Adoptees should not be constrained by […]
Adult adoptees in the District of Columbia do not have have an unrestricted right to request and obtain their own original birth certificates, except by court order. District of Columbia courts control all aspects of releasing an OBC or any identifying information, whether from court records or from vital records.
Maryland denies adult adoptees an unrestricted right to request and obtain their own original birth certificates. Adult adoptees whose adoptions were finalized on or after January 1, 2000, may request their original birth certificates, subject to a birthparent’s veto over release. All other adoptees are required to obtain a court order.
Adult adoptees from Virginia do not have an unrestricted right to request and obtain their own original birth certificates (OBC). Release of an OBC requires either a) a state agency’s decision—upon good cause shown—to release identifying information from the adoption records; or b) a court order upon good cause shown.
HB0999, like its companion bill in the Maryland Senate, will restore the right of all Maryland adopted people to request and obtain their own original birth certificates.
Our collective work to enact an unrestricted equal rights law in Maryland remains on track after senators this week heard testimony on SB0331. It went very well.
Maryland has two unrestricted equal rights bills in the Senate and House, each with upcoming hearings. We need your help to assure the bills’ passage.
The bill, identical to one last session, would restore to all adult adopted people in Maryland the right to request and obtain their own original birth certificates.