Bill would make adoption records more accessible

A bill that would allow adoptees in New Jersey to access medical history and birth records was approved by the Assembly Human Services Committee today.

Currently, adoption records in New Jersey are sealed. Zara Phillips, who was adopted from England is testifying for the passage of the bill. She says it is a human rights issue and that adopted children have a right to know where they are from.

Senator Joseph Vitale explains, "For adopted New Jerseyans, many will never get answers to the key questions of who they are and where they come from under the current records access regulations. Through this bill, we will allow adopted adults to decide for themselves if they want to know their history and heritage, and if both parties agree, we will be able to reunite adoptees with their birth parents."

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