Missouri is on the same track as other states have been, trying to override old laws that have prevented adoptees from gaining access to their original birth records. Currently, sealed birth records in the state of Missouri can only be opened by court order. And that happens only with the permission of birth parents. But too often, without access to those birth records, adoptees don’t even know who their birth parents are. Without finding their birth parents and gaining permission, they can’t move forward with discovering their roots. It’s a vicious cycle that has negatively affected many adoptees throughout the United States.
The 162nd District State Representative Charlie Davis is working to change the state adoption law. He and fellow Representative Don Phillips are supporting a bill to open previously sealed birth records and allow adoptees born in Missouri access.
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