Starting Jan. 15, adoptees over the age of 18 in New York state will be able to access their birth certificate without a court order.
Brad Cupples is an adoptee who advocated to change legislation in the early 2000s. Cupples, 71, said part of the battle has been overcoming stigma around out-of-wedlock births, which was more prominent when he was born in the 1940s.
“It was a thing that was hidden, that was never talked about, that was considered shameful. Girls were told to put it behind you and don’t look back,” Cupples said.