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The ABC's of Legislation

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Please join our host Pam Kroskie and her guest Paul Schibbelhute. Paul is the legislative chair and New England Regional Director for the American Adoption Congress.

Rhode Island is the latest to pass legislation to allow adoptees to access their OBC.

On July 1st 2011, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law S0478 Sub A which restores the human right for all adult adoptees 25 years of age or older born in Rhode Island to obtain a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate.  On July 1, 2012 adoptees will be able to request their OBC from the Rhode Island Vital Records Office. 

The Rhode Island Vital Records Office has made available at the following link information regarding the new law and made available the contact preference form for birth parents to fill out.