Montgomery and Adoptee Advocates Push for Vote on Adoptee Rights Bill

Originally published in Kings County Politics on May 02, 2019.

State Sen. Velmanette Montogmery, left, is the prime sponsor of a bill in the senate that establishes the right of adoptees to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate upon reaching the age of 18.

State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D-Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, Gowanus, Park Slope) gathered with adoptee rights advocates this week in Albany to call for passage of The Clean Bill of Adoptee Rights.

The legislation establishes the right of adoptees to receive a certified copy of their birth certificate upon reaching the age of 18. Advocates say the measure restores important civil rights to adult adoptees such as their right to access information that non-adopted persons have a legal right to obtain. In New York State, an adoptee cannot access his or her original birth certificate unless the adoptee goes through a judicial proceeding which does not guarantee that access will be granted.

“I am proud to sponsor this bill in the Senate because adult adoptees deserve access to their own vital records just like any other individual. They deserve the right to seek answers about their health, their family history and their heritage,” said Montgomery.“I thank my colleagues in the Assembly for passing it out of the Assembly Health Committee and look forward to continuing to push this important issue.”

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