Good News in Rhode Island

I love to post good news and here’s another piece of great adoption-related news.

As of July 2, 2012, adoptees age 25 or older who were born in Rhode Island will be able to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate (OBC).

The cavaet is that birth parents will have an opportunity to indicate that a) they would like to be contacted, b) they do not want to be contacted, or c) they would like to be contacted through an intermediary. Regardless of their choice, they will still have the opportunity to provide updated medical information to their child.

I’m delighted to report that the bill passed unanimously in both the Rhode Island House and Senate.

Progress is being made! Let’s celebrate!


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things.
1 comment
  1. Linda, this is fantastic news! I know you’re pleased. I’m not sure you know that I have an adoptive step-daughter. Recent changes in laws in OR made it possible for her to access some medical information. Three years ago Suzanne located her birth mother, which revealed a lot of unknown information. But to be able to get a copy of the original birth certificate! Newsworthy indeed. 🙂

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