Access to original birth certificates restored for adoptees in Louisiana

Published: Aug. 1, 2022

By: Alex Tirado

Rebecca Browning at 17 years old with her adoptive parents Lillian Beale and Thomas “Buff” Beale(Courtesy of Rebecca Browning / LSU Manship School News Service)

BATON ROUGE, La. (LSU Manship School New Service) – Living almost seven decades without any information about her birth, Rebecca Browning never thought she would learn more about where she came from.

Now, thanks to a bill passed during the 2022 legislative session, Browning is able to access a key to her past.

House Bill 450, now Act No. 470, took effect Monday, and it allows adopted persons 24 years of age or older to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate.

Browning was adopted at six months old from Catholic Charities in New Orleans. She grew up in Baton Rouge and remembers a fairytale kind of life spent playing in the front yard with her sister, dancing with her parents in the living room and roasting marshmallows in the fireplace.

As much as Browning adored her adoptive parents and her life, she is excited to know more about portions of her life left unanswered.

Read more at KALB

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