Information by State
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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
ARC provides this map as a quick guide with links to:
How to request records
Key sections of state statutes
Active state advocacy groups
State "Sunshine Laws" typically exclude access to adoption records and original birth certificates.
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