The Importance Of Adoptees

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Register to read the introduction… The knowledge of the family medical history allows doctors to predict the probability of a child contracted various genetic diseases. Others like Jeffrey Hannasch have no idea what their family medical history was because of the laws surrounding adoptions. Once a birth certificate has been accessed and adoptees are able to contact family, finding medical history is much easier (Ensslin). Each state has different laws and each one is unique to the state. Since there are so many different things the government published a document detailing all of the different things for each state and what is accessible to whom. In some states the birth parents have access to current medical and social information about any birth children. Information that is non-identifying is usually accessible without a court order. Any information that is identifying such as name, birthdates, phone numbers, or address a form agreeing to the release of the information is required. Identifying information can still be acquired if a court order is obtained using strong evidence, usually extremely important medical knowledge, to override confidentiality. Some places medical information is available through the agency but questions also have to go through the agency so an adoptee would have to wait for a response (Access). With the knowledge of who birth parents are the adoptees would not have to wait as long for an …show more content…
In Montana an adoption finalized before July 1, 1967 or after October 1, 1997 an adoptee only needs a written request. Adoptions between then and September 30, 1997 a court order is necessary. Nebraska adoptions are equally complicated requiring a person to be 25 and adopted before September 1, 1998. After that date an adoptee must be 21. In Ohio an adoptee can access original birth certificates adoptions occurring before January 1, 1964 are open for viewing. Those done after 1964 can only be viewed by meeting requirements or by court order. Laws in Pennsylvania state that birth parents can allow the birth certificate to be released at the child’s 18th birthday. The birth parents must consent to the release or the certificate will not be released. Rhode Island adoptees are only allowed to gain access if their parents registered in a registry and the adoptee has reached 18 years of age. Birth parents in Washington have access to the birth certificate. Adoptees whose adoption was finalized after October 1, 1993 must be 18 unless the birth parents signed a paper denying the release of the information

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