Who May Access Original Birth Certificate Information in Connecticut?
Connecticut OBC Access Status: Tiered Access State
In 1974, Connecticut law was changed to deny adoptees access to their original birth certificates. The change was applied retroactively. When a new birth certificate is created at the time a person is adopted, the original birth certificate becomes confidential. As of July 1, 2015, a new Connecticut law granted access to the original confidential birth record, but only for those adoptions finalized on or after October 1, 1983. For adoptions finalized prior to October 1, 1983, a person must receive a written order from a court of competent jurisdiction allowing such person access to the original birth record. See: History of adoption laws in the state of Connecticut.
Access to Adoptee’s Original Birth Certificate in Connecticut
How to Request a Non-Certified Copy of the Original Birth Certificate of an Adopted Person
If a new birth certificate is created at the time a person is adopted, the original birth certificate becomes confidential.
As of July 1, 2015, certain persons are eligible to obtain an uncertified copy of an original birth certificate of an adopted person without a court order. Eligible persons must meet the following criteria:
The requestor is the adopted person named on the certificate and at least 18 years old,
or is the adopted person’s adult child or grandchild;
the adoption was finalized on orafterOctober 1, 1983.
To request a copy of your original birth certificate please complete the application form. Mail the application form to the address listed on the form. Remember to include a copy of your current government issued photo identification and a money order for $65 made payable to “Treasurer, State of Connecticut.” If you are the adopted person’s adult child or grandchild, you must also send documentation (such as a birth certificate) verifying the relationship to the registrant.
If you do not meet the requirements above, in order to gain access to the original confidential birth certificate, a person must obtain a written order from a court of competent jurisdiction. After receiving the court order, follow the directions on how to order an original certificate of an adopted person mentioned above. Be sure to include the original court order along with your application.
Access Connecticut.org is the state group that recently restored access to adoptees whose adoptions were finalized on or after October 1, 1983. They are currently working on getting further restoration of Adoptee Rights through the state legislative process Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Access Connecticut plans to introduce a bill during the 2017 legislative session which will expand access to those adopted before October 1, 1983.
What you can do to help :
Find your CT legislators and contact them for their support in expanding access
Access Connecticut Non-identifying Adoption Information
Per Connecticut Citation: Ann. Stat. § 45a-746– Non-identifying Adoption Information is available to the following persons:
• The adult adoptee
• The adoptive parents or guardian of the child
• The legal representative of the adoptee
• If the adoptee is deceased, any adult descendants, including adopted descendants
Non-identifying information about the birth parents shall be provided in writing to the adopting parents prior to finalization of the adoption. The birth parents may access the information at any time for the purposes of verifying, correcting, or adding information. Information about the birth parents includes, but is not limited to:
Age at the time of the child’s birth
Ethnic background and nationality
General physical appearance at the time of the child’s birth
Education and occupations of the birth parents
Talents, hobbies, and special interests
Existence of any other children born to either parent
Health history of the birth parents and blood relatives
Reasons for placing the child for adoption
Religion of the birth parents
Any other relevant non-identifying information
In Connecticut, adoption Identifying information may be accessed by:
The adult adoptee
Any birth parent of the adult adoptee, including any person claiming to be the father who was not a party to the proceedings for the termination of parental rights
Any adult birth sibling of the adult adoptee
If the adoptee is deceased, any adult descendants, including legally adopted descendants
Connecticut‘s Adoption “Records”
Mutual Access to Identifying Information Connecticut Citation: Ann. Stat. § 45a-751
Any authorized applicant may, by applying in person or in writing to the child-placing agency or the department, request the release of identifying information. The information should be released unless:
The consents of every person whose identity is sought, as required by § 45a-751b, are not given.
The release of the requested information would seriously disrupt or endanger the physical or emotional health of the applicant or the person whose identity is being requested.
Who May Access Original Birth Certificate Information in Connecticut
Where the Connecticut Adoption Information Can Be Located
Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Bureau of Adoption and Interstate Compact Services
The department and each child-placing agency involved in the adoption
Adoption Searches in Connecticut
As it is virtually impossible to get any court to release an OBC, and Connecticut demands consent form parties, most adoptees and birth parents searching in Connecticut have little choice but to rely on online adoption searches.