Adoptees would have more access to health history under proposed Michigan bill

Tim Martin of the Associated Press writes:

Some adopted children would be able to get information about their biological family’s medical history and possibly copies of their original birth certificates when they become adults under bills that soon could be voted on in the Michigan House.

Rep. Lisa Wojno, a Democrat from Warren and sponsor of the bill, says the legislation is aimed at helping adoptees learn more about their health prospects. She said the legislation could be a tool to help people learn whether they are at higher risk for cancer, hereditary diseases or other illnesses.

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Michigan law allows some adopted individuals to get birth certificates once they become adults. But for those adopted between May 1945 and September 1980, a copy of the original birth certificate showing the names of biological parents is available only with a court order. Otherwise the documents are sealed.

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The adoption records bill is House Bill 4896.

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