For information regarding current access for adoptees and bithparents please see our page about California birth certificates.
Find your California Legislators and write to them.
California Adoption Legislation Bills to Watch in SessionMike Feuer (District 42)
Cal Open Position: SUPPORT
Bill AB 73 Synopsis: This bill would express the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to provide that juvenile court hearings in juvenile dependency cases shall be presumptively open to the public, unless the court finds that admitting the public would not be in a child's best interest. The bill would also include a statement of legislative findings and declarations. Public access to juvenile court hearings has the benefit of ensuring that the child welfare system can be held more accountable, and of educating the public about the needs of the child welfare system.
Contact the Assembly Human Services Committe
Cal Open Position: SUPPORT
Bill AB 791 Synopsis: This bill would require the court, when it terminates or declines to order reunification services, to order that the child's caregiver receive the child's birth certificate, or, if the child is 16 years of age or older, that the child receive his or her birth certificate, when appropriate.
Get Involved in the Fight for Birth Certificate Access in California
California Adoptee Rights Email Lists
Join the California Open List Yahoo email group: This listserves as a meeting place for those interested in affirming the identity rights of adult adoptees bornand/or adopted in California. Specifically, California Open seeks to restore unconditional access to birth records by adult adoptees. California Open will also monitor adoption related bills in the California State Legislature and take position on those bills which forward our mission. We believe truth and dignity are GOOD for adoption.
Join the California Open Action Alert List Yahoo email Activist group: This receive only list is an adjunct to California Open membership and Coalition Partner organizations. It provides periodic alerts for those whose activism time is more limited. Here you will receive California Open leadership's posts of important news that requires immediate action by supporters of adoptee rights.
California Open has a private Facebook Group.
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California Adoption Support Live Meetings
- Sacramento Triad Meeting
- 2nd Tuesday of every month
- 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
- Marie Callender's
- (Library Room)
- 5525 Sunrise Blvd.
- Citrus Heights, CA 95610
- RSVP: Jean (916) 213-0992 or firstname.lastname@example.org
California Adoption Surrender Consent Forms Needed!
California Open has initiated a call for California relinquishment papers, sometimes termed surrender papers. Our purpose is to utilize actual documents in educating lawmakers and voters to the specific language presented to mothers and fathers, who relinquished their parental rights to the state. Copies of these documents should have been provided at the time of signing. Birthparents may request them now, from the agency that assisted them with the relinquishment.
These documents were often provided to adoptive parents, at the time of adoption. They may also be retrieved, by parties to the action, when access is petitioned through the courts. Cal Open intends to explore the specific terminology of the documents, as it varied from decade to decade, when Family Code was amended through the legislature. Through this activity, we can historically dispel the myth that parents were promised anonymity. Further, we will explore the dissonance found within code, specific to the California Birth Index, which was a protected public record, since 1907.
To protect the privacy of parties from the general public, Cal Open will white out legal names, preserving the content and language of the document for teaching purposes.
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To FAX, call for dedicated fax line: (916) 213-0992