Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Colorado court pulls the curtain back on adoption records

In April, however, a landmark Colorado Court of Appeals decision unlocked the vault for thousands of adults determined to learn their biological heritage.

The court ruled that, contrary to a widely enforced interpretation, adoptees do not have to hire a confidential intermediary to access their records — as long as they were born between 1951 and 1967, the years that happened to be covered in the particular law the court ruled on.

The ruling also opens up adoption files themselves, which are in the custody of the state Department of Human Services. Those files often contain clues as to why a mother gave up a baby for adoption.
"We have information about why they thought about that, about the reasoning for going through that process," said Sharen Ford, who oversees those records.

Since July, more than 500 people adopted here got their original birth certificates from the health department, an unprecedented number.

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