We are still waiting for the Gov. to sign the Bill. Looking on the Governor's web site, he has not signed anything since May 11th. So all the other Bills sent to him in the last week of the session have not had any action either.
Adoptees who know that their birth parents are deceased either by the results of a search or their own research are anxious for this change to be enacted.
Adoptees who do not yet know if their birth parents are alive or deceased can feel a little more comfortable requesting a search because in most cases, unless the birth parent says no to contact, the identifying information should be made available to them. At least this was the intention of the change in statute.
The next step on my agenda once the statute goes into play is to "educate" the Courts, juvenile officers, circuit clerks of the changes in the statute. This will hopefully help adoptees to have a better result when they request a search from counties that don't really get enough requests to have developed a procedure for effectively, competently and compassionately handling a search much less a reunion.