Saturday, May 22, 2010

Adoption records to be opened up under new Illinois law

"Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a measure allowing people who were adopted as children to access their birth records to find out more about their past.

The proposal is sponsored by Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, D-Chicago, who was adopted and has pushed to open adoption records for years.

The legislation allows anyone adopted before 1946 to get their full birth certificate information by filing a written request with the state adoption registry. Those born after Jan. 1, 1946, could learn the same information if they are over 21 and at least one birth parent has not requested anonymity."  
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