Pennsylvania-born adoptees, for the first time since 1984, will have the right to access their original birth certificates. Monday afternoon at the Capitol’s East Wing Rotunda a celebration will take place.
For eight years, State Reps Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin) has been negotiating his legislation to reinstate the rights of adult adoptees which became law on Nov. 3, 2016. One year later, the state Department of Health (DOH) began processing requests.
Previously in Pennsylvania, a judge could deny a request after adoptees petitioned the courts for a copy of their original birth certificate.
From 12 to 12:30 on Monday adoptees will share their personal experiences since receiving their original birth certificates and explain why having the right restored was important to them and their families.
Rep. Kathy Watson (R-Bucks), also chairman of the House Children and Youth Committee, said it will be a great but emotional day.