TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has signed a bill to allow access to birth records for people adopted in the state.
The law does not kick in immediately.
Birth parents of children adopted before Aug. 1, 2015 would have until the end of 2016 to request their names be removed from the birth certificates.
Parents of children adopted after that date will not have the option of redacting their names but they can say whether and how they prefer their birth children contact them.
Advocates had been pushing for better access to birth records in the state for 34 years before Christie and lawmakers struck a deal that included some ability for birth parents to maintain their privacy.