Good News About Finding Birth Parents In New Jersey…
Finding Birth Parents In New Jersey May Soon Be Easier
We learned recently that the New Jersey Senate approved giving adoptees access to their original birth certificates. Currently, an adoptee can only possess the amended birth certificate which displays their adoptive parent’s names. An original birth certificate will display the names of the birth parents, along with other identifying information.
There’s a caveat, of course: Birth parents will be able to contact the state to have their names deleted. If they elect to do this, they would fill out a birth family history form containing medical and social history. The birth parent would also have the option of how they would like to be contacted.
Don’t get too excited yet. The New Jersey Birth Parent Open Records Bill (our unofficial name for it) still has to be considered by the New Jersey Assembly. Also, if the bill goes into effect, you will still need to learn how to search for your birth parents once you have their names. It could still be a tough search, since you will only have your birth mother’s maiden name (in most instances) and possibly some very old address information. We suspect that a lot of original birth certificates may not list the birth father’s name at all.
So, keep visiting our website for New Jersey open records updates, and learn all the search methods on finding your birth parents in New Jersey and elsewhere.
Please post a comment if you have any questions.