Mo. adoption records bill clears Senate committee

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 | 11:04 a.m. CST

JEFFERSON CITY — Adult adoptees are one step closer to getting access to their adoption records.

The Senate Health Committee approved a bill Tuesday that would grant people adopted after Aug. 28 access to their birth certificate once they turn 18.

Currently, adoptees who were born in Missouri must go through the court system or get consent from their birth mother to get their official birth certificate.

People adopted before that date would get access to any medical history available. The state registrar would still have to attempt to contact the birth mother for permission to release the original birth certificate.

Adult adoptees could get immediate access to their records if their birth mother has since died.


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