Introduced by Senators Bill Beagle and Dave Burke, Senate Bill 23 will allow Ohio adoptees, born between September 16, 1964-1996, to obtain equal access to their birth certificates.

“As delicate of a topic as this, I believe this legislation demonstrates great respect for both parties; allowing individuals born between those interim years to obtain access to their original birth certificate while also allowing birthparents to file a Contact Preference Form,” Burke stated.

As an adoptee himself, Senator Burke understands the difficult and personal decisions each family makes when it comes to placing a child up for adoption. Senate Bill 23 has gained support from Ohio Right to Life, Adoption Network of Cleveland, and the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy. Currently, the Senate Bill 23 is being heard before the Senate Civil Justice committee.

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