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WATCH: The endless journey for adoptees - accessing birth records

Jul 14, 2019

Adoptees in New York could soon have immediate access to their birth certificates if they’re over the age of 18. Current law states birth certificates for adopted children can only be released by petitioning the courts and asking for access. However, if Governor Cuomo signs the bill passed by the legislature this summer, that will change, making New York the 10th state to give adult adoptees unrestricted access to their birth certificates. While it’s being hailed as a major victory by adoptee rights advocates, the road ahead still has its share of questions and challenges. An adult adoptee support group in Rochester is focused on assisting and uplifting fellow adoptees as they continue to navigate the highs and lows of what some call “the endless journey.”