Adoption Law Change Opens Access to Birth Certificates in Washington
OLYMPIA, WA - Adoptees in Washington will soon be able to access their pre-adoption birth certificates.
The Washington State Department of Health says the new law will open access for all state-born adult adoptees starting in July. Anyone wishing to obtain their birth certificate can start pre-ordering now. However, it could take several weeks after July 1 to receive a birth certificate because the health department expects a high volume of requests.
The department says many people have waited a long time for the opportunity to get information about their birth parents. You can get a head start on the process by clicking here.
Birth parents can choose whether to release personal information or keep their identity confidential under the new law. However, parents must provide information about their family medical history regardless of whether they choose to disclose their identity.
The new law means some adoptees will not have to go through the court system to get information about a birth parent.
To learn more about the new adoption law, click here.