Rhode Island Vital Records Office to Provide Information for Adult Adoptees to Request There Original Birth Certificates PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, 2-27-2012– As the result of Governor Lincoln Chafee signing into law Senate Bill 0478-SUB A, Rhode Island born adult adoptees, 18 years of age or older, will be able to obtain a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate (OBC) beginning Monday, 7-2-2012. Senate Bill 0478-SUB A, which passed unanimously in both the Rhode Island House and Senate, is legislation that balances the rights of adoptees to receive their OBC while allowing birth parents to indicate their desire for contact by their birth son or daughter. The contact preference option allows birth parents three options for contact with their biological child as follows: 1. I would like to be contacted. 2. I do not want to be contacted 3. I would like to be contacted through an intermediary The new law also allows birth parents to provide updated medical information to their biological child by filling out a Birth Parent Medical History Form. On 3-1-2012 the Rhode Island Vital Records Office (RIVRO) is scheduled to update their website providing information for adult adoptees on how they can apply for a white copy of their original birth record and what to expect. Three options will be provided for adult adoptees in obtaining their original birth certificate (OBC) as follows; 1. Mail in request prior to 7-2-2012 and OBC will be mailed back on starting 7-2-2012. 2. Mail in request prior to 7-2-2012 and designate "will pick up" at State Office on the request form and OBC will be available on 7-2-2012 or later for pick up. 3. Come in person on or after 7-2-2012. The Rhode Island Vital Records Office would like to encourage adoptees to use option one followed by option two - as both would reduce any wait time in the lobby. Since 9-1-2011 the RIVRO has provided information to birth parents on how they can submit Contact Preference Forms with the State Office and / or medical history forms with the Rhode Island Family Court’s Voluntary Adoption Reunion Registry. Birth parents and adoptees can go to the RIVRO website for all forms and procedures at the following link: http://www.health.ri.gov/records/for/adultadoptees/index.php
ACCESS RHODE ISLAND is a grassroots effort dedicated to passing legislation allowing adult adoptees born in Rhode Island to access to their original birth certificates (OBC). Since 7-1 ACCESS RHODE ISLAND has been supporting the Rhode Island Vital Records Office (RIVRO) to help publicize the passing of this legislation by implementing a local, regional and national campaign to bring awareness to birth mothers and adoptees across the country. If you would like further information about the new law or ACCESS RHODE ISLAND please contact Christine Miller, an adoptee at 401-365-7264 or email@example.com. Nancy Horgan, a birth mother at 401-363-6253 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Kara Foley, an adoptee at 401-465-0023 or email@example.com or Mary Ann Shallcross Smith, an adoptive parent at 401-727-8982 or firstname.lastname@example.org Paul Schibbelhute Legislative Advisor ACCESS RHODE ISLAND email@example.com 603-930-2091 OBCforRI.org---It’s the Right Thing to Do---OBCforRI.org
Rhode Island Who May Access Information Citation: Gen. Laws §§ 15-7.2-2; 15-7.2-7
The following persons may use the passive voluntary adoption reunion registry: • Birth parents and adult birth siblings. • The adult adopted person. • Surviving relatives of a deceased adopted person. • The parent or adult sibling of a deceased birth parent. • The adoptive parent of a deceased adopted person.
Access to Nonidentifying Information Citation: Gen. Laws §§ 15-7.2-1; 15-7.2-2
The passive voluntary adoption reunion registry shall provide for the transmission of nonidentifying health and social and genetic history of the adult adopted persons, birth parents, and other specified persons. Genetic and social history includes the following information that is available: • Medical history. • Health status. • Cause of and age at death. • Height, weight, eye and hair color. • Ethnic origins. • Religion, if any. • Health history includes, when obtainable, the child’s health status and medical history at the time of placement for adoption, including neonatal, psychological, developmental, physiological, and medical care history.
Mutual Access to Identifying Information Citation: Gen. Laws §§ 15-7.2-2; 15-7.2-7; 15-7.2-9; 15-7.2-12
The persons listed above may use the registry to register their willingness to release of identifying information to each other by submitting a signed affidavit. The affidavit gives authority to the registry to release identifying information related to the registrant to the other relevant persons who register. Each registration shall be accompanied by the birth certificate of the registrant. A registry shall release only information necessary for identifying a birth parent, adult adopted person, or adult birth sibling, and shall not release information of any kind pertaining to the adoptive parents, siblings who are children of the adoptive parents, and the income of anyone. Any eligible registrant or any adoptive parent may file with the registry an objection to the release of identifying information. When an objection to the release of identifying information has been filed, the court shall hear the objection of the filing party prior to the release of identifying information to determine whether it is in the best interests of the parties to release identifying information.
Access to Original Birth Certificate Citation: Gen. Laws § 15-7.2-12
An uncertified copy of the original birth certificate can be obtained through the adoption registry to the adult adopted person when each birth parent named on the certificate has registered.
Where the Information Can Be Located:
State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations Family Court, Juvenile Division 1 Dorrance Plaza Providence, RI 02903 (401) 277-3352
My name is Paul Schibbelhute and I am the New England Regional Director of the American Adoption Congress (AAC). I am also a member of The Rhode Island Adoption Coalition for Equality/ T.R.A.C.E. This is a grassroots organization dedicated to working toward passing legislation that will allow adult adoptees born in Rhode Island access to their original birth certificates.
The Rhode Island Adoption Coalition for Equality is actively looking for new members across the State of Rhode Island who are willing to work to change Rhode Island's adoption law to allow adult adoptees born in Rhode Island to access their original birth certificate. Our website, (TRACE2009.org) is being updated and information about meetings and legislative activities will be posted as they become available. If you would like further information or know someone who would like to support The Rhode Island Adoption Coalition for Equality please contact me, John Green or Nancy Horgan using the contact information provided below. Please CC all three of us which will help us better manage the list of new T.R.A.C.E. supporters
We would like to see our efforts in RI become a reality during this legislative session---so, please contact us today! We will be sure to add you to our growing list of advocates for adoptees rights in Rhode Island.
Thank you, Paul Schibbelhute
John Greene 44 Riverside Ave Warwick, RI 02889-5225 firstname.lastname@example.org (C) 401-440-8368
Nancy Horgan 513 Switch Rd Wood River Junction, RI 02894 email@example.com (H) 401-364-6253
Paul Schibbelhute New England Regional Director AAC 15 Seminole Dr Nashua, NH 03063 firstname.lastname@example.org (H) 603-880-7790, (C) 603-885-2181
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