Adoption records; all shall be available to birth parents, etc., upon showing of good cause. (HB1937)

Introduced By

Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Adoption records. Provides that records of all adoptions shall be open and information contained in such records shall be available to birth parents, adopted parents, and adopted persons where certain criteria are met and upon a showing of good cause. This requirement currently applies to adoptions finalized on or after July 1, 1994, only. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 093231564
01/13/2009Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/20/2009Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (16-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2009Read first time
01/21/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1937)
01/22/2009Motion to refer to committee agreed to
01/22/2009Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/23/2009Assigned App. sub: Health & Human Resources (Hamilton)
02/10/2009Left in Appropriations


wendy coleman writes:

I am a birth mother whose son is now 21 and I would like the same right to search for him as he has to search for me. I support this bill and hope that it will pass because I want the same rights as birth mother’s whose children were adopted after 1994.