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Tuesday, June 03 2014

Your family law attorneys in New Jersey want to keep you informed with the latest information on New Jersey news. Begining in 2017 adoptees will be able to obtain their original birth records. Adoptees will now have access to important information to their personal identity like family health history. Contact your family law attorneys in NJ for more information.

Christie signs law allowing adoptees access to birth certificates in 2017

Source: NJ.com

TRENTON — After 34 years of publicly sharing their deepest feelings and most painful experiences, adoption activists celebrated today as Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill that will enable them to obtain their original birth records, beginning in 2017.

As it turns out, the issue was personal for the governor too. Three years ago, Catholic and anti-abortion rights leaders convinced Christie to veto the legislation because they said it would harm mothers who gave their babies up for adoption and wanted to remain anonymous. But he said the "extremely persistent" yet "respectful" advocates for the bill wouldn’t give up, and asked him to consider the human rights of the adoptee.

Christie today revealed he sought advice from his sister, Dawn, who was 2 when his parents adopted her. Christie was 11 and his brother, Todd, was 9 at the time."I often was uncomfortable with discussing this publicly because I had to identify my sister as adopted. You see, in our family, once she joined us 4th of July weekend in 1973, she was my sister, not my adopted sister," Christie told a group of adoption rights advocates who gathered outside the Statehouse for the bill signing ceremony. "And for people who. . .referred to her as my adopted sister, we would always stop them short. She's our sister." "The issue is even more complicated for her,�? Christie added. “The father of her four children is also adopted. The lack of knowledge and information they can pass on to their own children has been a cause of great concern and stress for them over the years.�?

The new law requires birth mothers to complete a form identifying medical conditions they and other family members had suffered, alerting adoptees to what kinds of illnesses they may someday face. Christie said when he asked his sister, a private person, if he could share their family's story to help the public understand the issue, she replied: “ 'I am proud of what Mom and Dad did, and if you talk about it to help get to the right solution about this, then go ahead.'

"The governor said the law achieves "our intended goals of protecting and respecting the interests of all of the people involved in the adoption process, while at the same time making sure that the miracle of adoption -- the miracle that was experienced by my own family and is still being experienced by us today, is available to as many people in New Jersey who have an open heart and a willingness to share their home and their lives with a new member of the family."

He said the compromise made with the bill’s prime sponsors -- including Sens. Diane Allen (R-Burlington) and Joseph Vitale (D-Middlesex) -- struck the right balance "by preserving privacy options for birth parents by allowing them to select a preference for contact -- either through direct contact, contact through a confidential intermediary, or access to medical records only with continued privacy."

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