Friday, May 13, 2011

Almost there!

SB351 has now passed through all the legislative steps and is on it's way to the Governor's desk.  We hope that he has no objections and will sign it into law.  I am anxious to see how it reads in it's final form as there were several amendments added at the end that I did not have a chance to read before they were submitted but I think they were just minor adjustments to make the statute easier to read and understand.  So unless you hear differently, the changes will go into effect in August 2011.  So if you know you know your birth parents are deceased or did not want to search due to the risk of learning nothing, you are now ready to have the answers.  If you have avoided even requesting a search due to the need for adoptive parent approval, you are now able to proceed without their notification.  If you are the descendant of an adoptee who died before they were able to learn any information, you are now able to make a request for information as your adopted relative could if they were still alive. 
I am so very happy that we were able to get this through in one try.  There are folks that have been trying for the whole deal every year with no luck.  For years I have been wishing we could just go in and ask for these three very things knowing that to ask for more would never get anywhere.  Someone finally listened.  Thank you. 
If you have questions, please send me an email and I would be happy to reply.

2 comments:

  1. This bill should be passed....my family members were born in Missouri and now live all over the United States, we are in Arizona. Other States allow access to the records if the adoptive parents, birth parents, and adopted child are all deceased such in our case. Medical history is crucial to my family as well as peace of mind knowing who you are and where you came from. For 74 years we have not had this; the time has come for protection under the law, for everyone. An Adoption is no longer one persons right, but passes onto the heirs of the adoptee. The time has come for Missouri to change the laws pertaining to their adoptions. We would pray the Governor will sign the bill for the foregoing reasons.

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  2. yes it should be passed just think of all of the fathers and mothers who want closure before they pass away, and not able to get it.

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