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Model laws: OBC or
OBC plus records
OBC/records access with various limits
Tiered access based on date of birth or adoption
Mutual consent or
Court order only
(SD routinely granted)
ARC provides this map as a quick guide with links to key relevant sections of state statutes and, in some cases where it seems to be more helpful or appropriate, an article providing an explanation or a state agency website. Related sections of law are often linked or cited.
State "Sunshine Laws" typically exclude access to adoption records and original birth certificates.
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