Thousands Of Adoptees Apply For Original Birth Certificates

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (CBS) — The State of Illinois says it has received more than 4,000 applications from adoptees who want copies of their original birth certificates.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, before a new law went into effect, the original birth certificates of adoptees were sealed and new ones were issued when the adoptions were final.

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But the 2010 Illinois Adoption Act allows adoptees ages 21 or older and born after Jan. 1, 1946, to ask for non-certified copies of their original birth certificates. Once they have them, the adoptees can possibly learn the names of their biological parents.

However, the law also allows birth parents to keep their information confidential.

The law is taking effect in phases, the most recent of which was last month. In that month, 4,184 applications for birth certificates came in, of which 556 were not fully completed or did not include adopted names, the Bloomington Pantagraph reported.

The state has provided 150 original birth certificates so far, the Pantagraph reported. Among those 150 was state Rep. Sara Feigenoltz (D-Chicago), the sponsor of the legislation and an adoptee herself, who received her original birth certificate on Dec. 9 but has yet to look at it, the newspaper reported.

A total of 431 parents have requested anonymity, the Pantagraph reported.

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  • Brian Garbrecht

    I received my original birth certificate in the mail yesterday and got the answers I have been seeking since I was young. On November 15th I drove 4 hours to springfield and was 4th in line to turn in my application. Already in just one day I have already found so much information on my birth mother. I hope that I can meet her and thank her for making the brave decision to give me up. I also hope to meet my older sister who was also given up. I want to thank all the IL politicians who had a part in changing the law and letting adoptees find out who they are.

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