The Maryland House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed HB1039 on March 11, sending the equal rights bill to the Senate for final consideration.
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.
Maryland’s equal rights bill now moves toward passage on the House floor.
The American Adoption Congress (AAC) has joined the Capitol Coalition for Adoptee Rights as a core partner.
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 Maryland House and Senate has set public hearings on SB743 and HB1039, bills that will restore birth record rights to all adoptees in the state.