Connecticut moves to open some adoption records

A gate to the state Senate Chamber swings close at the Capitol on the final day of session, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
A gate to the state Senate Chamber swings close at the Capitol on the final day of session, Wednesday, May 7, 2014, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Certain records may soon be available to some adoptive children in Connecticut.

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation, 31-to-5, requiring the Department of Public Health to give individuals at least 18 years old, whose adoptions were finalized on or after Oct. 1, 1983, copies of their original birth certificate. Their adult children or grandchildren could also obtain them.

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The House of Representatives already passed the legislation. If signed by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the change would take effect on July 1, 2015.

Republican Sen. Toni Boucher called it “morally wrong” for the legislature to change the rules later, saying some birth parents might not want their information revealed.

But advocates contend people have the right to know their birth parents’ identity as well as their health history.

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