A New Law in New Jersey Eases Privacy Rules On Adoptions

Imagine walking through life wondering who is my mother? Who is my father? Those are questions that nag many adoptees.

Since the 1940s adoption records in New Jersey have been sealed without a court order and locked in a room in Trenton. Parents who gave their babies away expected privacy. But come January 1st the records of about 300,000 adoptees will be unsealed.

Those who wish to remain anonymous are being urged by the New Jersey Health Department to file paperwork by December 31st if they want to keep their identities secret.

You can read more in an article by Nora Muchanic in the 6abc web site at: https://goo.gl/v3OmbV.


Thank you for this notice. Several years ago I was contacted by a private investigator, seeking to find the biological parents for a client. The genealogy database appearing on our family website displays a child from our family who had been given up for adoption in the 1960s in New Jersey. Thanks to posting the information among our genealogy information, the reunion of the biological mother and child has since been made. Following this first instance, we have experienced two additional discoveries and reunions. At least for this first adoption, the birth record now can be retrieved.


My sisters and I have been hoping to find our maternal grandmother for years, but Missouri won’t release the records unless we can prove she is dead. My mother was born in 1920, so we feel certain she is deceased. We hired a researcher who was approved by the court , and she found 3 likely candidates. But because she could not prove a connection she was unable to release the names to us. If I just had them, I could search so much more in depth and maybe finally be able to fill in this side of our history. All states should open their adoption records, people should be able to know where they are from.


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