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Assembly Committee Debates Bill to Make it Easier for Adoptees to Find Birth Parents

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The state Assembly's health committee held a hearing Friday on whether to make it easier for adoptees to find their birth parents.

Under the proposed "Adoptee Bill of Rights," adoptees 18 years old and older would be allowed to get copies of their birth certificates with their parents' name and address at the time of birth.

Those records are currently sealed.

At the hearing, judges testified that mothers who give away children for adoption are promised their anonymity, while others said there is no such promise.

"A basic human rights that everybody that's adopted, when they become an adult, should have the same rights as any non-adopted citizen of New York State, which is to have access to their original birth certificate," said Assemblyman David Weprin of Queens.

Adoptees can currently get background and health information on their parents, but not names or addresses.

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