Birth father

Discussion in Genealogy Forum started by Melinda Kindel Amsler, Jul 13, 5:03 PM
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Melinda Kindel Amsler
If you have information on who my birth father is, please contact me privately. Melinda Sue Kindel, my name after adoption. My birth mother named me Kelli Lynn Smathers. Born Clarion PA in June 1 1970.
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Robert Burns
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Under a law that goes into effect 2017, adoptees over age 18 can apply for their birth records for the first time in 33 years. The law allows them to get their birth records — just like non-adopted people.

Who’s affected?

Adoptees — people who were adopted as children — who are at least 18 years old and have finished high school may now apply to the state Department of Health for a copy of their birth certificate. Before this law was passed, adoptees could petition the courts for their birth certificate, but a judge could deny the request. Since 1984, adoption records in Pennsylvania have been sealed.

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Melinda Kindel Amsler
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Under a law that goes into effect 2017, adoptees over age 18 can apply for their birth records for the first time in 33 years. The law allows them to get their birth records — just like non-adopted people. more ...
Who’s affected? Adoptees — people who were adopted as children — who are at least 18 years old and have finished high school may now apply to the state Department of Health for a copy of their birth certificate. Before this law was passed, adoptees could petition the courts for their birth certificate, but a judge could deny the request. Since 1984, adoption records in Pennsylvania have been sealed
Is this for an un amended birth certificate? In all states?
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Blumstein
Is this for an un amended birth certificate? In all states?
Every state has it's own laws with regards to the availability of original (i.e., un-amended) birth certificates to adoptees.

If you put the following words into a web search engine, many sites will come up that discuss availability of original birth certificates in Pennsylvania:

pennsylvania original "birth certificate" adoptees

The law changed in 2017 for Pennsylvania to allow adoptees to obtain copies of their original birth certs. But the way I read it, the parents could choose to have their names redacted.