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Missouri Moves to Open Up Adoption Records

In the wake of the movement by many states to give adoptees access to original birth certificates, the state of Missouri has joined the conversation. A House committee voted on a bill that would help adoptees obtain their sealed information.

At present, the original records of Missouri adoptees are sealed to protect the privacy of the birth parents. Like the other states that have been discussing adoption bills, Missouri is working to provide information to the adoptees while still maintaining that privacy.

With the consent of the birth parents, adoptees would be able to access their original birth certificates and other information once they turn 18.

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