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NJ Assembly to vote on adoption records bill

Local News | May 22, 2014

NJ Assembly to vote on adoption records bill

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Adoptees in New Jersey will take a step closer to getting access to their birth records.

The state Assembly on Thursday is set to vote on a conditional veto settlement that was brokered by Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers that would open the records for the first time since they were sealed in 1940.

The compromise delays access for nearly three years to give birth parents time to have their names removed from birth certificates.

Birth parents of children adopted before Aug. 1, 2015 would have until the end of 2016 to ask that their names be removed from birth certificates. Those who do would be asked to give some medical history.

Biological parents of children adopted after Aug. 1, 2015 would not have the option of redacting their names.

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