Assembly Considers Unsealing New Jersey Birth Records
New Jersey Birth Records
Currently, original New Jersey birth records are sealed when an adoption occurs. Adoptees searching for their birth family cannot access their original names or their birth parent’s names. Birth parents are also denied access to birth records.
There is legislation in the works that will give adult adoptees and adoptive parents access to original birth records.
Birth parents will have a 12 month period to file a request to redact their names and addresses from the birth records and then have 60 days to fill out a form with medical, ancestral and social history.
Learn more details about legislation to open New Jersey birth records here: http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/
(Type s611 in the Bill Number field, click the search button and then click on the PDF Format or HTML Format Link)
Eight states currently have open birth records:
- New Hampshire
Several states have partially open records:
- New Jersey (Only very old birth records can be opened)
The debate to open New Jersey birth records has been ongoing for a number of years and full legislative approval has thus far been denied. Religious groups, the Civil Liberties Union and anti-abortion groups are opposed to any changes.
Hopefully some good news—There is bill, already passed in the Senate, now pending in the Assembly Human Services Committee, which may gain approval before mid-January. The Governor would then have to sign it.
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