Birth Certificate Access Bill Raises Adoption Law Issues

Connecticut adoptees marked a major milestone earlier this year when the General Assembly passed legislation giving them access to their original birth certificates — and the names of their biological parents.

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  • Gaye Tannenbsum

    As the various legislatures debate whether there is a right to know one‘s origins, the technology is moving quickly. Commercially available DNA tests will not only give you insights into your ethnic admixture, they will match you with genetic relatives, mostly distant relatives but increasingly we are seeing 2nd cousin matches, 1st cousin matches and even immediate family matches. Even multiple distant relatives may be triangulated to identify immediate family. Contact is made, along with a request to confirm the relationship via DNA testing. This method has been successful in dozens of cases and that number will continue to grow exponentially as more people from the general population are tested.

    Secrecy is dead.

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