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Springfield, November 15, 2011...Illinois Makes Adoption History!
One month later...December 15, 2011...Santa Claus is coming to town...and, for many Illinois adoptees, this year he just might be bringing a copy of an original birth certificate!
By the end of the first week of December, barely three weeks after Illinois' post-1946 adoptees began requesting copies of their OBCs, original birth certificates from the late 40s, 50s and 60s began leaving IDPH's Ridgeley Avenue offices.
However...given that the Dept. of Public Health received a mind-boggling 3489 requests for an original birth certificate between November 15th and November 30th, it may be the Easter Bunny rather than Old St. Nick who will be delivering some of the OBCs in this initial batch of requests.
NUMBERS...WE'VE GOT STACKS AND STACKS OF NUMBERS
One of the many unique features of Illinois' OBC-access legislation was that it mandated the compilation and publication of statistics regarding the new law. Not just the number of OBCs released, but where those requests came from...not just the number of birth parents seeking anonymity, but the number who voluntarily provide medical information as well. On December 1st of this year, IDPH released their latest numbers. Click here for a small sampling of the sometimes astounding statistics generated thus far by this landmark legislation...
NOVEMBER 15, 2011: ILLINOIS MAKES ADOPTION HISTORY...
It took fifteen years, countless meetings and more patience than we ever imagined back in 1997 when this quest began, but on November 15, 2011, Illinois became the 9th--and most populous--U.S. state to allow all adopted adults to obtain their original birth certificates upon written request. To access a photo album of some of the events leading up to the liberation of 250,000 post-1946 birth certificates, please click here.
LINKS, LINKS AND MORE LINKS
While many of those who live in the Chicago area joined us for our November 14th celebration of the new OBC-access law, those of you who live out-of-state not only didn't get to join in on all the fun, you also missed all the local press coverage of the event.
Click here for links to a wide range of newscasts, articles and photos from this historic day, including a YouTube interview that I gave while "womanning" our table at the Thompson Center on November 14th.
Thanks again to everyone who in some small way or some big way made this new law possible for hundreds of thousands of Illinois adoptees. I can hardly believe we made it to the finish line... Yes, it was a very good year...
With warm wishes to all for a happy holiday season...and a happy and healthy new year.
For additional information on Illinois' OBC-access law, go to: www.newillinoisadoptionlaw.com
2011 The White Oak Founation