State Statutes

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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 

Court order only

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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Adoptee Rights Coalition

The ARC is a 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to changing unjust laws and archaic policies and practices rooted in stigma, shame and secrecy by restoring unfettered access to original birth certificates and adoption records for adult adoptees.  


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