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 […]
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.
Adoptees born between July 17, 1974, and January 1, 2008, may not obtain their own OBCs, except by court order. Adult adoptees born on or before July 17, 1974, have unrestricted right to obtain their own original birth certificates, as do those born after January 1, 2008.
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 recently lowered the age from 25 to 18 for adoptees to request their OBCs.
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.
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.
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.
Here are where things currently stand with Vermont H.629, as well as what to look for in the coming weeks.