SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois law taking effect this week will allow more adoptees to get copies of their original birth certificates and possibly learn the names of their biological parents.

Generally, original birth certificates are sealed and new ones are issued when adoptions are final.

But starting Tuesday, adults who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1946, and were surrendered or adopted will be able to request non-certified copies of their original Illinois birth certificates.

The change comes under the amended 2010 Illinois Adoption Act. Other parts of the law have already taken effect.

Original birth certificates typically include birth parents’ names and places of birth.

The Illinois Department of Public Health says birth parents who want their information kept confidential can fill out a form.

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  1. Linda Lee says:

    Sad day for unsuspecting elderly birth mother living in Fla who had no idea she should have opted out. Sad day for family of a birthparent who has died and will have this dumped in their lap, sad day for all the birth mothers who chose adoption thinking birth certificates would remain sealed instead of having an abortion, sad day for birth parent who opted out but other birth parent did not opt out and gives their name, sad day for all those birth fathers who didn’t get a chance to opt out because their name wasn’t written on the obc, Sad day for rape victims before abortion was available. Sad day taking one of woman’s choices away from her.

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