Who is involved (so far) and what we hope to do for New England Adoptees.
Only adult adoptees whose adoptions were finalized on or after October 1, 1983, have a right to obtain their own original birth certificates. All other adult adoptees must obtain a court order—contingent upon the consent or death of birth parents— to obtain their original birth certificates.
Adoptees born between July 17, 1974, and January 1, 2008, may not obtain their own OBCs, except by court order. Adoptees born on or before July 17, 1974, have unrestricted access to their own original birth certificates, as do those born after January 1, 2008 (upon reaching the age of 18).
Vermont denies adult adoptees’ an unrestricted right to obtain their own original birth certificates. An OBC may be obtained through a probate court order or by adoptees who are at least 18 years of age and who have already obtained identifying information from Vermont’s Adoption Registry.
Other New England States
Adopted people born in Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island all have an unrestricted right to request and obtain their own original birth certificates. Rhode Island, however, is working to lower the age from 25 to 18 for adoptees to request their OBCs.