Law will allow adopted Arkansans to access sealed birth certificates

Law will allow adopted Arkansans to access sealed birth certificates
(Source: KATV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - A bill signed into law will allow adults adopted as children to access documents once sealed.

Shane Carter was adopted and has spent the last several years drafting legislation to help adoptees access original birth certificates in hopes of learning their medical history.

In a report by KATV, Carter said he needed more information about his birth family's medical history when he began to have health problems several years ago.

The bill does allow for birth parents to redact their names from the documents but requires them to submit a medical history form if they do so.

To see the full report and hear from a state representative who backed the bill click here.

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