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News Article "He Finds Pieces Of Your Past" By Chelsea Conaboy, Starring our one and only LARRY MAURICE! (2/13/05)

New Hampshire Law
SB335 Is Law!

Starting in January 2005, adult adoptees over the age of 18 will be able to buy their original birth record simply by asking and paying the same fee that the non-adopted population pays.
There is a contact preference form that birth mothers can submit if the don't want contact and we will be encouraging adoptees to honor those requests.
There is more work to be done, but this is a great breakthrough for adoptees born in NH!

Old Law
As of 1-1-97 New law allows anyone over the age of 21 to contact the agency that handled the adoption to act as an intermediary in finding birthparents. Birthparents may also do this looking for Adoptees as long as the adoptee is over 21. Be sure to ask about this when you contact the state. The law says that identifying information must be shared with an adult adoptee (age 21) if the birth parent has signed a waiver release form. Information will not be released unless such a form is in the file with the agency and then the agency must attempt to contact the birth parent to see what their current wishes are regarding contact. Non-id information is available to adult adoptees and adoptive parents.

If the adoptee is under 21 years of age, there is still something you can do. The birth parent can and should update the medical history with the agency that handled the adoption. This should include information about your mother and grandmother etc, if known. Adoptees can request medical data at any time. Few agencies charge a fee for this service. The major advantage is the demonstration of concern about the adoptee. Also, when the adoptee does make an inquiry at age 21, he/she will be told a birth parent has made an inquiry. This will reassure him/her that you do want to know more and possibly have a reunion. Also, adoptees and birth parents can submit a letter authorizing the agency to release your identifying information at the appropriate time. This will save time when he/she asks.

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