Washington State Joins Others in Allowing Access to Original Birth Certificates

This change will make birth relative reunions easier to achieve.

Denalee Chapman October 27, 2014
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Until recently, adoptees from the state of Washington had access to their original birth certificates after the age of 18 only if they were adopted after 1993.  Washington’s new law has made it easier for adoptees to find their birth parents, no longer restricting the adoption date.    With the new law in effect, birth parents may now submit a contact preference form, and if they wish to remain anonymous may also fill out a medical history to be made available to the child they placed for adoption.

The state of Washington has already been inundated with requests and has facilitated several reunifications.  It is expected that requests will increase exponentially.

In the hopes of reunification for birth parents and adoptees who wish to be found, The American Adoption Congress (AAC) continues to work toward unrestricted access for all adult adoptees.



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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.

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