Thanks to State Representative Don Phillips! August 28, 2016 The Missouri Adoptee Rights Act went into effect. Missouri born adopted adults will finally be allowed to receive a copy of their own original birth certificate without a court order.
(note: If you are the descendant of a deceased adoptee, you will not be able to get a copy of the adoptee's original birth certificate without obtaining a court order. Please e-mail email@example.com to be added to the update list and get information on how to obtain identifying information from the other records.)
House Bill 1599, The Missouri Adoptee Rights Act, became law on August 28, 2016. Adopted adults who were born in Missouri, before 1941, may now request a copy of their unaltered original birth certificate. Information on how to make your request can be found by clicking here.
Adopted adults who were born in Missouri, after 1940, will be able to submit their requests starting on January 2, 2018. You may make your request by mail or in person. To submit by mail (NOT Before January 2, 2018) click here for the Department of Health and Senior Services information on the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act.
There is a fee for the copy of the original birth certificate that is the same as the fee for the amended birth certificate (currently $15). There will also be a New Year’s event for those coming to Jefferson City to make their request.
Sign up below for "Breaking The Seal":
Hosted by G's Adoption Registry
Sponsored by: Genected and Missouri Adoptee Rights Movement
Location: Capitol Plaza Hotel, 415 W McCarty St., Jefferson City, MO 65101
NOTE: You may sign up for the event below but your hotel reservations must be made separately. The Capitol Plaza is offering their standard room at $99/night and including up to 2 breakfast buffet coupons with each night stay. Tell them you will be attending "Breaking The Seal" to get the special rate.
December 31, 2017- New Year's Eve Celebration and G's Adoption Registry Fundraiser
January 1, 2018 - Breaking The Seal Conference:
January 1, 2018 - Evening performance of "Blank" by Missouri adoptee Brian Stanton
January 2, 2018 - Tour buses will take adoptees to Department of Health and Senior Services to submit their official request for a copy of their original birth certificate.
Q: Will descendants of Missouri born adoptees be able to receive a copy of the adopted person’s original birth certificate if the adopted person is deceased?
A: Not without a court order. BUT you will still be able to request identifying information from the adoption file that is held by the county and/or agency. Send a messsage to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the descendants' update list.
Q: Do I have to wait until 2018 to get my information?
A: You can request some information through the courts and/or adoption facilitator. The adoption record is governed under a different section of Missouri Law and may be accessed through the county courts. The birth certificate is not typically a part of the adoption record. Birth certificates will become accessible without a court order on January 2, 2018 for those born after 1940.