Adopted New Yorkers over 18 able to obtain birth certificates, state says

Originally published in NY Daily News

ALBANY — It’s about to become a lot easier for adopted New Yorkers to learn about their past.

Starting this week, New York will allow adoptees to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate when they turn 18, ensuring them the right to know who their biological parents are as well as valuable information about their family’s medical history.

The state is rolling out a website on Monday with information about the change in law, which goes into effect Jan. 15.

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