If you are the birth parent of an adopted person who was born in Illinois before January 1, 1946, the new law requires that the Illinois Department of Public Health provide a non-certified copy of your birth child's original birth certificate to certain individuals upon request.
The Department of Public Health may provide non-certified copies of an original birth certificate to an adult adopted person or their surviving spouse or surviving adult child.
In most cases the original birth certificate will list the first and last names of one or both birth parents.
You may not request that your identifying information be deleted from the non-certified copy of your birth child's original birth certificate.
As the birth parent of an adult adopted person born before January 1, 1946, you have three options:
1. YOU MAY EXPRESS A DESIRE NOT TO BE CONTACTED: If you would not welcome contact with your birth son or birth daughter, you may make your wishes known by signing up with the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange (the “Registry”) and filing a written statement (click here to obtain a copy of the Birth Parent Preference Packet) expressing your desire not to be contacted.
2. YOU MAY EXPRESS AN INTEREST IN CONTACT: If you would welcome contact with your birth son or birth daughter, you may make your wishes known by signing up with the Registry and filing a written statement expressing your interest in contact.
3. YOU MAY CHOOSE TO DO NOTHING: If you do not have an opinion about contact with your birth child, or do not wish to express an opinion to your birth child about contact at this time, the new law does not require you to do anything.
If you later decide you would like to indicate your wishes regarding contact to your birth child or provide them with medical or other background information, you can sign up with the Registry and file a written statement at any time.
If you sign up with the Registry before your birth child requests a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate, the Registry will let your birth child know that you have signed up with the Registry and require your birth child to sign up with the Registry before releasing your written statement or other information you have filed with the Registry to them.
If you sign up with the Registry, and your application is received after a copy of the original birth certificate has been released, the Registry will let your birth child know that you have signed up with the Registry and require your birth child to sign up with the Registry before releasing your written statement or other information you have filed with the Registry to them.
There is a $15 registration fee associated with the Registry, but registrants who voluntarily complete a two-page medical questionnaire on genetically-transmitted diseases do not have to pay the $15.00 fee.
For additional information about the Illinois Adoption Registry and Medical Information Exchange and/or to download the necessary application forms, please click here.
For a listing of the organizations that participated on the Original Birth Certificate Access Oversight Committee, many of which may be able to provide you with additional information on the new law, and/or post-adoption support, search or counseling services, please click here.
The complete text of the new law, Public Act 096-0895, can be found here.
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