Assembly bill would give adult adoptees access to birth records

TRENTON – Supporters of giving adult adoptees access to their original birth certificates are trying again to win passage of legislation.

Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, (D-32), Secaucus, introduced A3280 this week, which would give such adoptees access to the birth certificates, with some restrictions to protect birth parents’ privacy.

The measure was conditionally vetoed last year by Gov. Chris Christie, who despite commending the sponsors for working toward needed changes in the law, felt additional safeguards were needed to balance the needs of adoptees and the concerns of the birth parents.

Prieto could not be reached immediately for comment, but a spokesperson for an adoption reform organization said the new bill is identical to the one that was vetoed last year.

Pam Hasegawa of NJ Care said they are hoping the governor will have a change of heart. She said they hope to convince him by presenting stories of birth parents who side with adoptees on this issue.

She said Sen. Joseph Vitale, (D-19), Woodbridge, reintroduced an upper chamber version already, but it has not been heard in committee yet.

Assembly bill would give adult adoptees access to birth records