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The Debate Continues

The debate over access to original birth certificates continues.   Listen to this discussion on The Takeaway, a national morning news program.

Adoptees Fight for Access to Original Birth Certificates
Monday, August 02, 2010


141 Adoptees Pre-register For Original Birth Certificate

141 Individuals pre-registered to receive their original birth certificate from the vital statistics department in Maine after a new state law took effect on January 1, 2009.

Some oppose the new law because they believe it violates the privacy of birthmothers.

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Maine Allows Access to OBC

On January 1, 2009, adoptees born in Maine and at least 18 years old, will have access to their original birth certificates. For birth parents who don’t want contact, the law included a contact preference. They may file a form which must contain one of the following statements:

  • A. “I would like to be contacted. I have completed this contact preference form and a medical history form and am filing them with the State Registrar of Vital Statistics.”
  • B. “I would prefer to be contacted only through an intermediary. I have completed this contact preference form and a medical history form and am filing them with the State Registrar of Vital Statistics.”
  • C. “Do not contact me. I may change this preference by filling out another contact preference form. I have completed this contact preference form and a medical history form and am filing them with the State Registrar of Vital Statistics.”

For more information on this law, see:

“An Act To Provide Adult Adoptees Access to Their Original Birth Certificates”

With the passage of this legislation, six states allow access to original birth certificates. Those states are:

Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire and Oregon

What do you think about open records?


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