Attention Adult Adoptees
As of January 2017, per the new Law PL14 Chapter 9, you will be able to access your original birth certificate through the Bureau of Vital statistics. To read the law, log onto www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/PL14/9. For further information about how to access your original birth certificate log onto www.state.nj.us/health/vital/faq.shtml#AD. As always, The Children’s Home Society will remain available to assist you in your search and reunion journey. Learn about our Background and Search services under Programs and Services Post Adoption Counseling.
Attention Birth Parents:
As of January 2017, per the new Law 2014 Chapter 9, an adult adoptee at least eighteen years of age will be able to access their original birth certificate through the New Jersey Bureau of Vital Statistics.A birth parent whose child’s adoption was finalized prior to August 1, 2015 may choose redact their name from the original birth certificate by filing a request for redaction through the office of the Registrar by December 31, 2016. For birth parents whose child’s adoption was finalized after August 1, 2015 their names cannot be redacted and the original long form birth certificate will be released to the adult adoptee. Birth parents may also submit a document for contact preference and update family background as well as medical information after July 1, 2015. To access the necessary forms for redaction and contact preference, log onto www.state.nj.us/health/vital/faq.shtml#AD. To read the entire Law log onto www.njleg.state.nj.us/2014/Bills/PL14/9. The Children’s Home Society will remain available to assist you through your reunion process. Please see our Background and Search Services under Program and Services Post Adoption Counseling.