Law grants adoptees access to birth certificates

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio law now in effect lets biological parents of adoptees decide whether to redact their names or include contact preferences in records that will soon be made available to certain adoptees.

Birth parents can also update medical information on forms for the adoptees.

Starting next year, individuals adopted between January 1, 1964, and September 18, 1996, can request their adoption files and birth certificates from the Ohio Department of Health. The law is expected to give about 400,000 people access to records, which had been largely blocked without a court order.

Birth certificates before 1964 and after 1996 were already a public record. But when the law was changed again in 1996, it was not made retroactive to those caught between the two laws.

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