“Forty years of legislative work has finally come to its fruition with the enactment of Senate Bill 51 that passed in 2014,” said Rich Uhrlaub, a coordinator with Adoptees in Search Colorado Triad Connection. “What that means is virtually all adoptees who were adopted in Colorado can get access to their original birth certificates.”
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment started taking applications on Monday, January 4th, 2016. Uhrlaub said processing will take 30 days and will require a fee of under $40.
You can find the application here: Colorado Application Form
Before the law was changed not everyone could access their birth certificate. The following is the old law before the change.
For adoptions finalized prior to 9-1 -1 999: Access to the adoption record is available through a confidential interme¬diary who must obtain consent from the parties before release of information.
For adoptions finalized on or after 9-1 -1 999, all adoption records shall be open to inspection by persons listed above. Adoption records, as defined by § 19-1 -1 03, include:
· The adopted person’s original birth certificate and amended birth certificate
· The final decree of adoption
· Any nonidentifying information
· The final order of relinquishment
· The order of termination of parental rights
‘’Nonidentifying information” means information that does not disclose the name, address, place of employment, or any other material information that would lead to the identification of the birth parents and includes, but is not limited to, the following:
· The physical description of the birth parents
· The educational background and occupation of the birth parents
· Genetic information about the birth family
· Medical information about the adopted person’s birth
· Social information about the birth parents
· The placement history of the adopted person
The State registrar shall prescribe an updated medical history statement that a birth parent may submit with the
completed contact preference form. The medical history statement shall be a brief narrative statement written by the birth parent indicating medical information about the birth parent or other biological relatives.
As an adopted person born in a state with restrictive laws, I offer my congradulations to those born in Colorado and help this will bring about many thousands of reunions. I hope is also continues to encourage those that are fighting to change the law in other states.
You can watch the news story at: Local 9 News in Colorado