Illinois Adoption Law Changes: What You Need to Know

Illinois Adoption Law Changes: What You Need to Know

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There are some dramatic changes in the adoption provisions in Illinois that you need to know.  Whether you are adopted, have put up a baby for adoption or are thinking of adopting, the new laws may dramatically affect your life.

 

Illinois law now allows adopted adults born in Illinois prior to January 1, 1946, to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate listing the name(s) of their birth parent(s) by filing for a Non-Certified copy of an Original Birth Certificate form with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (IARMIE), which is administered by the Illinois Department of Health.

 

Beginning on November 15, 2011, adopted adults born in Illinois after January 1, 1946, may obtain a copy of their original birth certificate listing the name(s) of their birth parent(s) by filing a Request for a Non-Certified Copy of an Original Birth Certificate form with IARME.

 

The birth parents of adopted persons born in Illinois after January 1, 1946, may request that their name be removed from all copies of an adopted adult's original birth certificate releases during the birth parents lifetime by filing a Birth Parent Preference form with IARMIE after January 1, 2011.  To ensure anonymity, this form should be filed prior to November, 15, 2011.

 

All birth parents can still choose to share background/medical information through IARMIE and/or indicate a desire to initiate contact with an adult adopted person by submitting completed Birth Parent Registration forms to IARMIE.

 

As usual there's always many forms and procedures to follow when dealing with our government.  Yet, the new Adoption Law can greatly impact you and the other members in your family.  If you do not want your name to be remain on a birth certificate you will need to request that your name be removed through IARMIE. 

 

For more information on this new provision, download the needed forms at Illinois Department of Public Health web-site or call (877) 323-5299.

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