Birth Parents Can Opt To Remain Anonymous
Before Adult Adoptees Gain Access to Birth, Family History
Implementing a new approach to adoption records, the Department of Health is launching the first phase of a process designed to offer adult adoptees access to birth and medical history on file in New Jersey while allowing birth parents to notify the Department of Health of contact preferences or requests for name redactions from birth certificates prior to their release. These records had previously been sealed in New Jersey.
Birth parents who placed children for adoption may now obtain forms from the Health Department to request name redactions. They may also complete family history and contact preference forms, which can be changed at any time and offer options of direct contact, contact through an intermediary, or no contact at this time.
Birth parents who choose to maintain their privacy by having identifying information redacted must submit this request by December 31, 2016 to ensure their privacy will be maintained.
Amendments to the Vital Statistics Law offer opportunities for adult adoptees to obtain uncertified copies of their original birth certificates and for birth parents to identify family medical conditions and opt to have their names redacted from these documents.