Vermont legislature passed adoptee equal rights bill H.629 with approval from 179 of the House and Senate’s 180 members on Thursday afternoon. Vermont is now the eleventh state in the nation to give adopted people the unrestricted right to their own original birth certificates. “This is a basic human right, to know how you are […]
What We’re About
We are a coalition of organizations who are working to change discriminatory laws in New England, specifically laws in Massachusetts and Vermont, that deny adult adoptees a right to request and obtain their own vital records.
VICTORY! Connecticut recently became the tenth state to restore an adult adopted person’s right to request and obtain their own original birth record. It applies to all Connecticut-born adoptees, no matter the date of birth or adoption.
VICTORY! Massachusetts has removed a discriminatory provision in its law that denied equal rights to adopted people born between July 17, 1974, and January 1, 2008. Beginning November 3, 2022, all Massachusetts-born adult adopted people can apply for and obtain their own original birth certificates, without discriminatory provisions.
VICTORY! Effective July 1, 2023, all Vermont-born adopted people will have their rights restored and may request and obtain their own original birth certificates upon request, without discriminatory restrictions. The Vermont legislature passed this landmark legislation during the 2022 legislative session.
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 recently lowered the age from 25 to 18 for adoptees to request their OBCs.
H629 Passes the Senate!
Vermont’s unrestricted equal rights bill passed the full Senate on April 8 on a 27-0 vote. It now returns to the House for final consideration, including whether the House agrees to provisions added during the Senate process.
House Bill 629: FAQ
H629 is an unrestricted equal rights bill for adult adopted people. Here’s how it works, what it does, and what it doesn’t do.
Vermont Update: H.629 Reported Favorably Out of Committee
After a final hearing on March 9, 2022, H.629 is moving forward with new language that gives adopted Vermonters unrestricted rights to their original birth certificates.
Vermont H.629: What’s Happening, Where We Are
Here are where things currently stand with Vermont H.629, as well as what to look for in the coming weeks.