Bill S3149/The Weprin Montgomery Bill, NOW LAW, goes into effect on January 15th, 2020. It's a tremendous victory that I'd never thought I'd see in my lifetime. I know so many people who have been directly fighting for this, some for over 40 years. You now have the legal right as an adult to get an original copy of your unredacted pre-adoption birth certificate. http://nyadopteerights.org/ https://adopteerightslaw.com/new-york-obc/ https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/p...eryweprin-adoptee-rights-bill-passes-new-york I've offered this on here a few times before: if yours was a sealed adoption, I am here to help, FREE OF CHARGE. Fortunately most of the help I have to offer is no longer necessary, but I am a TREMENDOUS bank of information. Please ask me anything. I broke my sealed case all without the internet. Pure legwork, all on paper, subsequent paper trails, research, asking the right questions, bending the law to the breaking point, actually breaking it, talking to the right people, tripping up the wrong people, NO PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR (don't get pulled into that), and The Genealogy Room in The NYC Public Library is your friend. This was in 1991. It reads like a spy novel. This is incredibly epic. I know my origins no thanks to everything that was stacked against me, but you better believe I'm going to be one of the first of thousands to flood The New York State Department of Health with a request. I'm getting that goddamn piece of paper on principle alone. It's mine, and it belongs to me. As a matter of fact, I was on the phone with them this morning. I'm essentially an atheist and I don't put any stock in the Bible whatsoever (that's putting it lightly), but there's a saying that has always stuck with me: "The truth of one's origins is the birthright of every man." Moses, the first adoptee in the written record. Or so a bunch of other guys said. Heh. I wrote to the Social Worker assigned to my case years ago at The New York Foundling Hospital, the agency in NYC that handled my adoption, this morning, too. She's one of the good ones and has always been on the side of transparency, but her hands were tied by Draconian laws. She could've been arrested, in other words, and I know people who have been. I figured I'd finally ask her where I was - where I was physically languishing in foster care, that is - for the first 71/2 months of my life. Seeing as the big cat is now out of the bag, I'm sure she'll oblige me; and WHY I was in foster care is infuriating. I know I posted about it in another thread, so I'll copy and paste it later if I find it. I didn't do an adoption search because I was "looking for something". I had parents, and they will always be my Mommy and Daddy. I did it because it pissed me off that I would be perpetually infantilized for the rest of my adult life, that I could vote and pay taxes but I had no right to know who I was. To everyone out there who worked relentlessly against the system, against all odds to make this happen, a big thank you from me and millions of others. There are people I know who have died waiting for this day. It's been a long time coming.