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Steve Cassano

Advocating for Common-Sense Solutions

Adoptee's Rights

This week I joined adoption advocates seeking greater access to original birth certificates by rallying in support of Senate Bill 977, which would expand access to birth certificates for adopted persons.

Existing state law requires the Department of Public Health (DPH) to give adopted individuals age 18 or older whose adoptions were finalized on or after October 1, 1983 uncertified copies of their original birth certificate upon their request.

But Senate Bill 977--which is now on the Senate calendar after receiving an overwhelming and bipartisan 19-2 vote last month in the Planning & Development Committee--would expand state law to require DPH to give original birth certificates to any adopted person who requests it, regardless of their adoption date.

We received over 140 pieces of public testimony during the public hearing on this bill back in March, and there is an overwhelming public desire for everyone access to have access to their original birth certificate--not just those who were adopted after 1983. Life shouldn't be a puzzle, and it should not be lived with regret. I believe we have an opportunity here to do something important, and fundamentally right, and I am hopeful that the legislature will pass this bill on a bipartisan basis this session.

Veterans Job Fair in East Hartford

The Connecticut Department of Labor will be heading to East Hartford next week for the 2017 "Heroes 4 Hire" veterans career fair.

More than 50 companies are participating in the event, designed to help connect former service members with open positions in a variety of different fields from aerospace and defense to insurance and sales.

Heroes 4 Hire

"Heroes 4 Hire" will be held Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field.

A list of the companies that will be attending and the positions that are available is online on the Department of Labor's website.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the following services:

  • Nationally certified resume writers available for resume critiquing.
  • Access to CT.Jobs, an electronic job-matching system, part of the nation's largest internet employment service.
  • Veterans Services Representatives to provide assistance and guidance.
  • Information on educational and job training programs.
  • Information on employment and unemployment services.

Employers who would like to participate in this excellent program can register to do so online.

Speaking at MCC About Opioid Addiction

This week I addressed a crowd of about 100 people who turned out at Manchester Community College's auditorium to talk about how Connecticut communities have been impacted by the local, state and national epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose. The forum was sponsored by the Manchester, CT HOPE Initiative (Heroin/Opioid Prevention & Education Initiative) which seeks to move addicts into treatment rather than jail.