NEW JERSEY’S ACCESS LAW

I am sure most adoptees in New Jersey are thrilled with this bill. I, like Bastard Nation, disagree with this bill. It does not allow all to have access. WE DID NOT SIGN AWAY OUR RIGHTS. THE BIRTH PARENTS SIGNED AWAY THEIR RIGHTS. THEY OWN UP TO THIS. ASK MANY WHO HAVE BLOGS, POST ON ALL FORUMS CONCERNING ADOPTION, AND MANY MANY OTHERS. WHY ARE WE THE ADOPTEES HELD BOUND TO THE CONTRACT THAT THEY SIGNED? AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE – WITH PARENTING, ABORTION, AND CONTRACEPTION WOMEN ARE EXERCISING THEIR RIGHT TO PRIVACY – ONCE A BIRTH PARENT SIGNS THEIR RIGHTS AWAY – THEY HAVE NO RIGHTS. I DO BELIEVE THAT BIRTH PARENTS SHOULD HAVE ACCESS JUST AS MUCH AS THE REST OF US PARTY TO THE ADOPTION.

BELOW IS THE VERY REASON WHY I AND MANY LIKE ME DISAPPROVE OF THIS BILL.

Access to the original, long-form copy of an adopted person’s birth certificate will begin one year after the date of enactment of the bill. The delayed effective date will provide birth parents of persons adopted prior to the date of enactment with a one-time, 12-month period, beginning on the date the Department of Health and Senior Services adopts regulations to implement the bill, during which they may submit to the State Registrar a written, notarized request for nondisclosure or make such a request to the State Registrar in person. The request for nondisclosure would prohibit the State Registrar from providing the birth parent’s name and home address, as recorded on the birth certificate, to the adult adopted person or other persons authorized to request the birth certificate. The State Registrar shall acknowledge receipt of the request for nondisclosure and shall enclose with the receipt a family history form requesting medical, cultural and social history regarding the birth parent. The State Registrar shall require the birth parent to complete the form to the best of the parent’s knowledge and return it to the State Registrar within 60 days. The birth parent may update the family history form as necessary. (The family history information will be provided to the adopted person when the person requests a copy of his birth certificate.) Failure of a birth parent to complete the form and return it within 60 days, upon requesting nondisclosure, shall nullify the birth parent’s request for nondisclosure

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One Response to “NEW JERSEY’S ACCESS LAW”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I was adopted in NJ. I am happy about the bill. I hope it passes. I understand that adoptees in other states do not want this bill to become law because it will set a precedent for other states.

    But, if my birth mother explicitly does NOT want to be contacted by me, I think it’s fair enough that I not be given her identifying information. As long as the updated non-identifying medical, cultural, and social information is comprehensive, there’s nothing more I could want from a birth mother who has no interest in knowing me. Why must the few birth mothers who actually feel this way be punished for it? They gave us life, shouldn’t that be enough at a minimum?

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