senate Bill S2490A

Amended

Relates to adoptee rights

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  • 29 / Jan / 2013
    • PRINT NUMBER 2490A
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    • AMEND (T) AND RECOMMIT TO HEALTH
  • 16 / Jun / 2014
    • PRINT NUMBER 2490B

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Relates to adoptee rights.

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Bill Details

Versions:
S2490
S2490A
S2490B
Legislative Cycle:
2013-2014
Current Committee:
Senate Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §4138-e, amd §§4138, 4138-d & 4104, Pub Health L; amd §114, Dom Rel L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Cycle:
S5783A

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BILL NUMBER:S2490A

TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law and the domestic
relations law, in relation to enacting the "bill of adoptee rights"

PURPOSE: This bill would allow an adopted person who is at least eigh-
teen years of age to request from the Department of Health a non-certi-
fied copy of his or her original birth certificate and/or a medical
history form if available

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill amends the public
health law by adding a new section, § 4138-e, to establish the "Bill of
Adoptee Rights", An adoptee, who is at least 18 years old, may request
and receive a non-certified copy of his or her original birth certif-
icate and/or a medical history form, if available, upon proper identifi-
cation and payment of a nominal fee. Where only a medical history form
is requested, the birth certificate and contact preference form will not
be sent, but may be requested at a later date. If a copy of the birth
certificate cannot be provided, then the adult adoptee may secure from a
court of competent jurisdiction or the adoption agency the information
that would have appeared on the original birth certificate. A contact
preference form and/or a medical history form may be filed by the birth
parent(s) with the Department of Health at any time.

Section 2 amends § 4138 of the public health law to allow an adult
adopted person to request a certified copy or certified transcript of
the certificate of birth based upon the original certificate of birth
upon Proper proof of identity and a written notarized request,

Section 3 amends § 4138 of the public health law to provide that when a
verified transcript or certification of birth is issued by the regist-
rar, it will be required to issue the document based upon the original
local record of birth upon a written notarized request by the adult
adopted person once proper proof of identity is provided.

Section 4 amends § 4138 of the public health law to require that when a
commissioner makes a new birth certificate for an adult, then a certi-
fied copy, a certified transcript and a certification of birth will be
forwarded to such adult.

Section 5 amends § 4138 of the public health law by adding two new
subdivisions that would allow an adult adoptee or a birth parent to
submit to the registrar a notice of change of name and/or address and to
be attached to the original birth certificate of the adopted person. If
an adopted person has granted permission, then the registrar shall
disclose the current name and address to the birth parent at the birth
parent's request,

Section 6 amends § 4139-d of the public health law and removes the
provision that allows an adoption agency to restrict access to non-iden-

tifying information that is not in the best interest of the adoptee, the
biological sibling or the birth parent(s).

Section 7 amends § 4104 of the public health law to include additional
provisions under vital statistics that would be applicable to the city
of New York.

Section 8 amends § 114 of the domestic relations law to require certain
information be contained in the medical history of the child at the time
the child is surrendered by his or her birth parent(s). The law guardi-
an will have the responsibility to ensure the comprehensive completion
and filing of the information prior to the acceptance of the termination
of parental rights or the entry of a certificate of adoption. The law
guardian will provide an affidavit to the court reporting all diligent
efforts to obtain the medical history information and a copy of the
affidavit will be appended to the original and amended birth certif-
icates.

Section 9 amends114 of the domestic relations law to allow an adult
adoptee to request and receive a non-certified copy of his or her
original birth certificate and/or a medical history form, if available,
upon proper identification and payment of a nominal fee.

Section 10 is the effective date.

JUSTIFICATION: The Bill of Adoptee Rights' will provide adult adoptees
with access to information that a non-adopted person has a legal right
to obtain. In New York, an adoptee cannot access his or her original
birth certificate unless the adoptee goes through judicial means, and
even then, the outcome does not guarantee that access will be granted.
This bill will allow adult adoptees to request and receive a noncerti-
fied copy of an original birth certificate and/or a medical history form
if available.

Adoptees will be able to gain knowledge of their religious and ethnic
heritage and access to medical information that may be necessary for
preventive health care and illnesses that are linked to family history
and genetics. A birth parent may seek to protect his or her privacy by
completing a contact preference form that would be sent to the adult
adoptee upon a request for a noncertified copy of an original birth
certificate. The contact preference form provides the birth parent with
the option to be contacted by the adoptee, through an intermediary or to
not be contacted at all.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 1993-1994: A10403 2003-2004:
A.62398 1995-1996: A.2226 2005: A929 1997-1993: A.4316
2006: A.9923/S.446 1999-2000: A.7541A 2007/2005: A.2277/S.235
2001-2002: A.7943 2009/2010: A.8410A/S.5269A
2011: A.2003/S.1436 2012: 1/24/2012 Referred to health
2/14/2012 Reported referred to codes
5/23/12 Amend and recommit to codes
5/23/12 Print number 8910a

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:; None.

EFFECTIVE DATE:This act shall take effect on the first of January after
it shall have become a law, provided, however, that, effective imme-
diately, the commissioner of health is directed to promulgate such rules
and regulations as may be necessary to carry out provisions of this act

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
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                                 2490--A

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            January 17, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  LANZA  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed  to  the  Committee  on  Health  --  committee
  discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted
  to said committee

AN ACT to amend the public health law and the domestic relations law, in
  relation to enacting the "bill of adoptee rights"

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding  a  new  section
4138-e to read as follows:
  S  4138-E.  BILL OF ADOPTEE RIGHTS. 1. THIS SECTION SHALL BE KNOWN AND
MAY BE CITED AS THE "BILL OF ADOPTEE RIGHTS".
  2. THE LEGISLATURE HEREBY STATES ITS INTENTION TO ACKNOWLEDGE, SUPPORT
AND ENCOURAGE THE LIFE-LONG HEALTH AND WELL-BEING NEEDS OF  PERSONS  WHO
HAVE  BEEN AND WILL BE ADOPTED IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK. THE LEGISLATURE
FURTHER RECOGNIZES THAT THE DENIAL OF ACCESS TO  ACCURATE  AND  COMPLETE
MEDICAL  AND  SELF-IDENTIFYING  DATA  OF  ANY  ADOPTED PERSON, KNOWN AND
WILFULLY WITHHELD BY OTHERS, MAY RESULT IN  SUCH  PERSON  SUCCUMBING  TO
PREVENTABLE  DISEASE,  PREMATURE DEATH OR OTHERWISE UNHEALTHY LIFE, IS A
VIOLATION OF THAT PERSON'S HUMAN RIGHTS AND IS CONTRARY TO THE TENETS OF
GOVERNANCE. AS SUCH, THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION  SEEK  TO  ESTABLISH
CONSIDERATIONS UNDER THE LAW FOR ADOPTED PERSONS EQUAL TO SUCH CONSIDER-
ATIONS PERMITTED BY LAW TO ALL NON-ADOPTED PERSONS; THIS SECTION DOES SO
WHILE  PROVIDING  FOR  THE  PRIVACY  OF AN ADOPTED PERSON AND HIS OR HER
BIRTH AND ADOPTIVE FAMILIES.
  3. (A) NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF  LAW,  WHEN  AN  ADOPTED
PERSON  ATTAINS  THE  AGE  OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, THAT PERSON SHALL HAVE THE
RIGHT TO RECEIPT OF A NON-CERTIFIED COPY OF HIS OR  HER  ORIGINAL  (LONG
FORM,  LINE  BY LINE VAULT COPY) BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND ANY CHANGE HIS OR
HER BIRTH PARENT OR PARENTS  MAY  HAVE  ATTACHED  TO  THAT  CERTIFICATE,

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD02906-03-3

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AND/OR  A MEDICAL HISTORY FORM IF AVAILABLE, UPON APPLICATION, PRESENTA-
TION OF PROOF OF IDENTIFICATION AND THE PAYMENT OF A NOMINAL FEE.
  (B)  WHEN IT SHALL BE IMPOSSIBLE THROUGH GOOD-FAITH EFFORTS TO PROVIDE
A COPY OF AN ADULT ADOPTED PERSON'S ORIGINAL BIRTH  CERTIFICATE  (AS  IN
THE  CASE  OF AN ADOPTED PERSON BORN OUTSIDE OF, BUT ADOPTED WITHIN, THE
STATE OF NEW YORK), THE ADULT ADOPTED PERSON SHALL  HAVE  THE  RIGHT  TO
SECURE  FROM  A  COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION OR THE ADOPTION AGENCY,
THE TRUE AND CORRECT IDENTIFYING INFORMATION THAT WOULD HAVE APPEARED ON
HIS OR HER ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE. IN SUCH CASE THE AGENCY SHALL  BE
HELD HARMLESS FROM ANY LIABILITY ARISING OUT OF THE DISCLOSURE.
  4.  A  BIRTH  PARENT  MAY  AT  ANY  TIME REQUEST FROM THE DEPARTMENT A
CONTACT PREFERENCE FORM THAT SHALL ACCOMPANY A BIRTH CERTIFICATE  ISSUED
UNDER  THIS TITLE. THE CONTACT PREFERENCE FORM SHALL PROVIDE THE FOLLOW-
ING INFORMATION TO BE COMPLETED AT THE OPTION OF THE BIRTH PARENT:
  (A) I WOULD LIKE TO BE CONTACTED.
  (B) I WOULD PREFER TO BE CONTACTED ONLY THROUGH AN INTERMEDIARY.
  (C) I HAVE COMPLETED A MEDICAL HISTORY FORM AND HAVE FILED IT WITH THE
DEPARTMENT.
  (D) PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT ME. IF I DECIDE LATER THAT I WOULD  LIKE  TO
BE  CONTACTED,  I  WILL SUBMIT AN UPDATED CONTACT PREFERENCE FORM TO THE
DEPARTMENT.
  THE MEDICAL HISTORY FORM SHALL BE IN A FORM PRESCRIBED BY THE  DEPART-
MENT AND SHALL BE SUPPLIED TO THE BIRTH PARENT UPON REQUEST OF A CONTACT
PREFERENCE FORM FROM THE DEPARTMENT.
  ONLY  THOSE  PERSONS  WHO  ARE AUTHORIZED TO PROCESS APPLICATIONS MADE
UNDER THIS TITLE MAY PROCESS  CONTACT  PREFERENCE  AND  MEDICAL  HISTORY
FORMS.
  THE  MEDICAL HISTORY FORM AND CONTACT PREFERENCE FORM ARE CONFIDENTIAL
COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE BIRTH PARENT TO THE PERSON NAMED ON  THE  SEALED
BIRTH  CERTIFICATE AND SHALL BE PLACED IN SEPARATE SEALED ENVELOPES UPON
RECEIPT FROM THE BIRTH PARENT. THE SEALED  ENVELOPES  SHALL  BE  MATCHED
WITH AND PLACED IN THE FILE CONTAINING THE SEALED BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
  THE  SEALED  ENVELOPES  CONTAINING  THE  CONTACT  PREFERENCE  FORM AND
MEDICAL HISTORY FORM MAY BE RELEASED TO A PERSON REQUESTING HIS  OR  HER
OWN  ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE UNDER THIS TITLE. THE CONTACT PREFERENCE
FORM AND MEDICAL HISTORY FORM ARE PRIVATE COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE  BIRTH
PARENT TO THE PERSON NAMED ON THE SEALED BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND NO COPIES
OF  THE FORMS SHALL BE RETAINED BY THE DEPARTMENT.  WHERE ONLY A MEDICAL
HISTORY FORM IS REQUESTED THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND  CONTACT  PREFERENCE
FORM SHALL NOT BE SENT, BUT MAY BE REQUESTED AT A LATER DATE.
  S  2.  Subdivision  5  of  section  4138  of the public health law, as
amended by chapter 201 of the laws  of  1972,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  5.  Thereafter,  when  a certified copy or certified transcript of the
certificate of birth of such a person, or a certification of  birth  for
such  person  is  issued,  it shall be based upon the new certificate of
birth, except when an order of a court of competent  jurisdiction  shall
require  the  issuance of a copy of the original certificate of birth OR
UPON A WRITTEN NOTARIZED REQUEST BY THE ADULT ADOPTED PERSON HIMSELF  OR
HERSELF ONCE PROPER PROOF OF IDENTITY IS PROVIDED TO THE REGISTRAR.
  S  3.  Paragraph  (b)  of  subdivision 3 of section 4138 of the public
health law, as added by chapter 201 of the laws of 1972, is  amended  to
read as follows:
  (b)  Thereafter,  when a verified transcript or certification of birth
of such  person is issued by the registrar, it shall be based  upon  the
new  certificate, except when an order of a court of competent jurisdic-

S. 2490--A                          3

tion shall require the issuance of  a  verified  transcript  or  certif-
ication  based upon the original local record of birth OR UPON A WRITTEN
NOTARIZED REQUEST BY THE ADULT ADOPTED PERSON HIMSELF  OR  HERSELF  ONCE
PROPER PROOF OF IDENTITY IS PROVIDED TO THE REGISTRAR.
  S  4.  Subdivision  7  of  section  4138  of the public health law, as
amended by chapter 644 of the laws  of  1988,  is  amended  to  read  as
follows:
  7.  Whenever  the  commissioner  makes a new birth certificate for any
person pursuant to the provisions of subdivision one of this section, he
OR SHE shall forward to such person, if eighteen years of age  or  more,
[or  to the parents of such person,] a certified copy, a certified tran-
script [or] AND a certification of birth, [whichever he deems  appropri-
ate under the circumstances,] without making any charge therefor.
  S  5.  Section  4138 of the public health law is amended by adding two
new subdivisions 8 and 9 to read as follows:
  8. (A) AN ADOPTED PERSON EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE OR OLDER, OR THE  BIRTH
PARENT  OR  PARENTS,  MAY  SUBMIT TO THE REGISTRAR A NOTICE OF CHANGE OF
NAME AND/OR ADDRESS AND  SUCH  INFORMATION  SHALL  BE  ATTACHED  TO  THE
ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE OF THE ADOPTED PERSON.
  (B)  THE  REGISTRAR  SHALL  DISCLOSE TO THE BIRTH PARENT OR PARENTS AT
SUCH PARENT'S OR PARENTS' REQUEST, THE MOST CURRENT NAME AND ADDRESS  OF
AN  ADOPTED  PERSON  IF THAT ADOPTED PERSON HAS REQUESTED SO BY FILING A
NOTARIZED LETTER WITH THE REGISTRAR.
  9. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, WHEN AN ADOPTED  PERSON
ATTAINS  THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, HE OR SHE SHALL HAVE THE RIGHT, UPON
APPLICATION, PROOF OF IDENTITY AND  PAYMENT  OF  A  NOMINAL  FEE,  TO  A
NON-CERTIFIED COPY OF HIS OR HER ORIGINAL LONG FORM, LINE BY LINE, VAULT
COPY BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND/OR A MEDICAL HISTORY FORM, IF AVAILABLE.
  S  6.   Paragraph (b) of subdivision 3 of section 4138-d of the public
health law, as amended by chapter 181 of the laws of 2010, is amended to
read as follows:
  (b) If the agency determines that the  agency  was  involved  in  such
adoption, it shall transmit the registration to the adoption information
registry  operated  by  the  department and the agency shall release the
non-identifying information, as defined  in  section  forty-one  hundred
thirty-eight-c of this title, to the [adoptee registrant. The agency may
restrict the nature of the non-identifying information released pursuant
to  this section upon a reasonable determination that disclosure of such
non-identifying information would not be in the adoptee's,  the  biolog-
ical sibling's or parent's best interest] ADOPTED PERSON.
  S  7. Section 4104 of the public health law, as amended by chapter 153
of the laws of 2011, is amended to read as follows:
  S 4104. Vital statistics; application of article.  The  provisions  of
this  article  except  for  the provisions contained in paragraph (i) of
subdivision two and  subdivision  four  of  section  four  thousand  one
hundred,  section  four  thousand  one hundred three, subdivision two of
section four thousand one hundred thirty-five, section four thousand one
hundred thirty-five-b, subdivision eight of section  four  thousand  one
hundred  seventy-four,  paragraphs (b) and (e) of subdivision one, PARA-
GRAPH (B) OF SUBDIVISION THREE, AND SUBDIVISIONS FIVE, SEVEN, EIGHT  AND
NINE  of  section  four  thousand  one hundred thirty-eight, subdivision
eleven of section four thousand one  hundred  thirty-eight-c,  PARAGRAPH
(B)   OF   SUBDIVISION  THREE  OF  SECTION  FOUR  THOUSAND  ONE  HUNDRED
THIRTY-EIGHT-D, SECTION FOUR THOUSAND  ONE  HUNDRED  THIRTY-EIGHT-E  and
section  four  thousand  one hundred seventy-nine of this article, shall
not apply to the city of New York.

S. 2490--A                          4

  S 8. Subdivision 1 of section 114 of the domestic  relations  law,  as
amended by chapter 751 of the laws of 1989 and designated by chapter 601
of the laws of 1994, is amended to read as follows:
  1.  If satisfied that the best interests of the adoptive child will be
promoted thereby, the judge or surrogate shall make an  order  approving
the  adoption and directing that the adoptive child shall thenceforth be
regarded and treated in all  respects  as  the  child  of  the  adoptive
parents  or  parent.  In  determining  whether the best interests of the
adoptive child will be promoted by the adoption, the judge or  surrogate
shall give due consideration to any assurance by a LOCAL commissioner of
social  services that he OR SHE will provide necessary support and main-
tenance for the adoptive child pursuant to the social services law. Such
order shall contain the full name, date and place of birth and reference
to the schedule annexed to the petition containing the  medical  history
of  the  child  in  the  body  thereof and shall direct that the child's
medical history, heritage of the  BIRTH  parents,  which  shall  include
nationality,  ethnic  background and race; education, which shall be the
number of years of school completed by the BIRTH parents at the time  of
the  birth  AND  ALSO  AT  THE  TIME OF SURRENDER of the adoptive child;
general physical appearance of the BIRTH parents  at  the  time  of  the
birth  AND  ALSO  AT  THE TIME OF SURRENDER of the adoptive child, which
shall include height, weight, color of hair, eyes, skin;  occupation  of
the  BIRTH  parents  at  the  time  of the birth AND ALSO AT THE TIME OF
SURRENDER of the adoptive child; health and medical history of the BIRTH
parents at the time of the birth AND ALSO AT THE TIME  OF  SURRENDER  of
the  adoptive  child,  including all available information setting forth
conditions or diseases believed to be hereditary, any drugs  or  medica-
tion  taken  during  the  pregnancy by the child's mother; and any other
information which may be a factor influencing  the  child's  present  or
future  health,  INCLUDING THE talents, hobbies and special interests of
THE BIRTH parents as contained in the  petition,  be  furnished  to  the
adoptive  parents.  IN RECOGNITION OF THE IMPERATIVE LIFELONG IMPORTANCE
OF SUCH INFORMATION FOR THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF THE ADOPTED PERSON,
IT SHALL BE THE DUTY OF THE LAW GUARDIAN AS PROVIDED FOR BY SECTIONS TWO
HUNDRED FORTY-ONE, TWO HUNDRED FORTY-TWO, TWO HUNDRED FORTY-NINE AND TWO
HUNDRED FORTY-NINE-A OF THE FAMILY COURT ACT TO ENSURE THE COMPREHENSIVE
COMPLETION AND FILING OF ALL THE ABOVE REFERENCED INFORMATION  PRIOR  TO
THE  ACCEPTANCE  OF THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OR THE ENTRY OF A
CERTIFICATE OF ADOPTION. IT SHALL BE DEEMED BY THAT LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE
THAT SUCH INFORMATION IS ALWAYS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD AND IS
A PROTECTED RIGHT. PRIOR TO TERMINATION OF  DUTIES,  SUCH  LAW  GUARDIAN
SHALL  PROVIDE,  AS DIRECTED BY SECTION FORTY-ONE HUNDRED THIRTY-EIGHT-C
OF THE PUBLIC HEALTH LAW AND SECTIONS THREE  HUNDRED  SEVENTY-THREE  AND
THREE HUNDRED SEVENTY-THREE-A OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES LAW, TO THE RESPEC-
TIVE RESPONSIBLE PARTIES ALL SUCH COLLECTED DATA, AND PROVIDE AN AFFIDA-
VIT  TO  THE COURT REPORTING ALL DILIGENT EFFORTS TO OBTAIN SUCH DATA. A
COPY OF SUCH AFFIDAVIT SHALL BE APPENDED TO THE ORIGINAL AND ANY AND ALL
AMENDED BIRTH CERTIFICATES. If the judge or surrogate is also  satisfied
that  there  is  no reasonable objection to the change of name proposed,
the order shall direct that the name of the adoptive child be changed to
the name stated in the agreement of adoption and that henceforth  he  OR
SHE  shall be known by that name. All such orders made by a family court
judge of Westchester county  since  September  first,  nineteen  hundred
sixty-two,  and on file in the office of the county clerk of such county
shall be transferred to the clerk of the family court  of  such  county.
Such  order  and  all the papers in the proceeding shall be filed in the

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office of the court granting the adoption and the order shall be entered
in books which shall be kept under seal and which shall  be  indexed  by
the  name  of  the adoptive parents and by the full original name of the
child. Such order, including orders heretofore entered, shall be subject
to  inspection  and  examination  only as hereinafter provided. Notwith-
standing the fact that adoption records shall be sealed and secret, they
may be microfilmed and processed pursuant to  an  order  of  the  court,
provided  that  such  order  provides  that  the confidentiality of such
records be maintained. If the confidentiality is violated, the person or
company violating it can be found guilty of contempt of court. The  fact
that  the adoptive child was born out of wedlock shall in no case appear
in such order. The written report of the investigation together with all
other papers pertaining to the adoption shall be kept by  the  judge  or
surrogate as a permanent record of his OR HER court and such papers must
be  sealed by him OR HER and withheld from inspection. No certified copy
of the order of adoption shall issue unless authorized by  court  order,
except  that certified copies may issue to the agency or agencies in the
proceeding prior to the sealing of the  papers.  Before  the  record  is
sealed,  such  order may be granted upon written ex parte application on
good cause shown and upon such conditions as the court may impose. After
the record is sealed, such order may be  granted  only  upon  notice  as
hereinafter provided for disclosure or access and inspection of records.
The  clerk  upon  request  of  a person or agency entitled thereto shall
issue certificates of adoption which shall contain only the new name  of
the  child and the date and place of birth of the child, the name of the
adoptive parents and the date when and  court  where  the  adoption  was
granted,  which  certificate  as to the facts recited therein shall have
the same force and effect as a certified copy of an order of adoption.
  S 9. Section 114 of the domestic relations law is amended by adding  a
new subdivision 5 to read as follows:
  5.  NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER PROVISION OF LAW, WHEN AN ADOPTED PERSON
ATTAINS THE AGE OF EIGHTEEN YEARS, SUCH ADOPTED PERSON  SHALL  HAVE  THE
RIGHT, UPON APPLICATION, PROOF OF IDENTITY AND PAYMENT OF A NOMINAL FEE,
TO  A NON-CERTIFIED COPY OF HIS OR HER ORIGINAL LONG FORM, LINE BY LINE,
VAULT COPY BIRTH CERTIFICATE AND/OR MEDICAL HISTORY FORM, IF AVAILABLE.
  S 10. This act shall take effect on the first of January next succeed-
ing the date on which it shall have become  a  law,  provided,  however,
that,  effective  immediately, the commissioner of health is directed to
promulgate such rules and regulations as may be necessary to  carry  out
the provisions of this act.

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