House Committee Approves Plan to Grant Illinois Adoptees Original Birth Certificates
(Springfield) On March 13, 2008, The Illinois House Adoption Reform Committee approved legislation, 8-1, that enables
Illinois adult adoptees to obtain copies of their original birth certificates.
The measure, HB 4623 sponsored
by State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) provides for unfettered access to the original birth certificate for adopted persons
born before January 1, 1946. Adoptees born after January 1, 1946, will have to wait until April 1, 2009.
1947, original birth certificates of adopted persons have been sealed under Illinois law and available to adult adoptees only
via court order or in cases where the adoptee is matched with a biological relative on the Illinois Adoption Registry and
Medical Information Exchange.
Feigenholtz’s legislation, HB 4623, would undo the 1947 law.
“The right to one’s own identity is a basic and unalienable human right,” said Feigenholtz. “Existing
Illinois law robs tens of thousands of Illinois adults of the right to know who they are.”
legislation now moves to the full House for consideration.
State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago) speaks at a press conference in Chicago to announce her legislation to grant
adult adoptees their original birth certificates.