Legislature votes to allow adopted people access to original birth certificates

Published: June 3, 2022

By: Alex Tirado | LSU Manship School News Service

Senators chatted on the floor during a break in the legislative session.LSU Manship School News Service Photo by Alex Tirado

The state Senate gave final passage Friday to a bill that would allow adopted people 24 years of age or older to obtain their original birth certificates.

Rep. Charles Owen, R-Fort Polk, who was himself adopted, authored House Bill 450 to grant adoptees the same right to know where they came from as any other resident of Louisiana.

Under present law enacted in 1977, an adopted person’s original birth certificate is sealed after a final decree of adoption and can only be opened by a court order.

The bill, which the Senate approved 29-5, would create a simpler process, allowing an adopted person to request a copy of his or her original birth certificate from the state registrar without the costly burden of going to court.

Read more at The Advocate

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