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New Wisconsin Law Allows Adoptees Access to Information of Deceased Birth Parents

Among the 21 bills signed into law by Wisconson Governor Scott Walker is one that may allow some adoptees to obtain the identities of their birth parents. The bill stated that if the birth parents were deceased, adoptees could have access to their basic information.

Furthermore, the new law will allow adoptees to give permission to the Adoption Search Program to give their identifying information to their birth parents. A parent or guardian of a deceased adoptee may also request access to medical records.

The law gives some adoptees an opportunity to access their medical records and information on their birth parents, provided that it does not violate the privacy or confidentiality of the birth parents.