Adoptees often have a difficult time tracing their true ancestry. Adoptees in Missouri born prior to 1941 now are able to access records that previously were not available to them. Younger adoptees are still locked out. However, that will change on January 2, 2018, when adoptees born after 1940 and who are at least 18 years old will be able to request their original birth certificates.
Until Monday, such documents had been under seal by state law. The birth certificates possibly held the names of birth mothers and fathers the adoptees had longed to know.
For years, the Missouri Adoptee Rights movement has been lobbying for more lenient laws on adoption privacy. On Sunday, members got their wish when a Missouri law took effect enabling adoptees born before Jan. 1, 1941, to obtain their original birth certificates.
One adoptee found his birth father’s last name was Ernst — the name written on his formula bottle the day he was adopted more than seven decades ago.
You can read the full story in an article by Nancy Cambria in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at http://goo.gl/3zdULh.
My thanks to newsletter reader Roger Barnes for telling me about this story.