The New Jersey Adoptees’ Birthright Act
Are you adopted?
Were you adopted in NJ?
Are you a birth parent or an adoptive parent?
What you should know about NJ’s new law.
In January 2017, the New Jersey Adoptees’ Birthright Act will give adult adopted persons who were born and/or adopted in New Jersey the right to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate (OBC) upon request to the Registrar of Vital Statistics.
At any time, birth parents whose child was born and/or adopted in NJ may indicate their preference regarding contact-either directly, through an intermediary or no contact at this time. Birth parents may change their preference at any time in the future.
Birth parents whose child’s adoption was finalized before August 1. 2015 have until December 31, 2016 to request removal of their identifying information from the copy of the OBC sent to the adopted adult. Birth parents may revoke request for removal at any time.
Adoptees’ Birthright Act
See New Records System for Birth Parents at http://www.state.nj.us/health/vital/record.shtml
for FAQs, forms to submit contact preference, redaction requests and to update family history information (Required) with the Registrar of Vital Statistics. Adopted persons may request a copy of their original birth certificate on this site as well.
To obtain a copy of these forms by mail, call (609) 292-4087 x529.
For more information, contact:
NJ Adoption Resource Clearing House (NJ ARCH)
The one-stop resource for those touched by adoption.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 877-427-2465
NJ Coalition for Adoption Reform and Education (NJCARE)
Families of Adoption Rooted in Truth
A grass roots organization that supports honesty in adoption through educational outreach and legislative advocacy.
Phone: (973) 292-2440
Cell: (201) 400-6714
NJCARE is affiliated with: the American Adoption Congress, AdopteesWithourLiberty.com and the Morristown Post-Adoption Support Group.
Disclaimer: This information was taken directly from the New Jersey Adoptees’ Birthright Act pamphlet. Please contact them for information on the program. Please call or email them for more information.