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State Senator

Steve Cassano

Representing Andover, Bolton, Glastonbury & Manchester

Cassano Supports Bill to Restore Adoption Birth Right Access

HARTFORD, CT – Today, the Planning and Development Committee held a public hearing and heard testimony on 13 bills. Included on the docket was Senate Bill No. 972, “An Act Concerning Access to Original Birth Records by Adult Adopted Persons,” a bill that would allow people who were adopted to obtain their original birth records.

“It’s not fair that some individuals can access their birth records, while others cannot,” said Senator Steve Cassano (D-Manchester), co-chair of the Planning and Development Committee. “Access to these birth records is a right and individuals should not be barred from knowing this vital information. Today, and other services help people piece together information about their birth records.”

The proposed legislation would amend state statutes to allow all adopted individuals, and their children and grandchildren, to obtain their original birth certificates.

Under current state laws, only individuals born or adopted after Oct. 1, 1983 can access their original birth certificates. Any individuals born or adopted before that date are prohibited from accessing those records. In Connecticut, there are more than 38,000 residents who were born and adopted before 1983.

When the General Assembly raised this issue in 2017 and 2018 – despite having bipartisan appeal – it was not enacted. Seven other states, including Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire, have passed similar legislation.

“When adopted persons have access to these records, they are able to learn important information, such as family medical history,” Senator Cassano said. “Medical issues can be prevented or proactively treated if individuals have access to this information and lives can be saved. Additionally, people can receive the comfort of knowing and learning about their familial heritage and origins, which is a wonderful thing.”

“These people deserve this information and I’m committed to helping them get it,” said Senator Cassano. “I’m hopeful that we can finally push this legislation through this year and give these individuals the information they deserve.”






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