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New Illinois adoption law takes effect

Now anyone who is 21 years old or born after January 1, 1946 will be able to find their birth parents if they choose too. Now anyone who is 21 years old or born after January 1, 1946 will be able to find their birth parents if they choose too.
MOUNT VERNON, IL (KFVS) -

A new law creates a new chapter in Illinois adoptions.

The new law is set to go into effect on Tuesday, Nov. 15, and it will allow adoptees to get a copy of their original birth certificate. Something that was previously only possible with a court order.

Now anyone who is 21 years old or born after January 1, 1946 will be able to find their birth parents if they choose too.

"I see the benefit for children to be able to find out more about where they came from," said Carla Donoho director of Angels' Cove Baptist Children's Home and Family Services.

"The flip side of that is when you have a birth parent back in the early days saying all this will remain confidential. And they didn't even share with their spouse possiblY, or their other children that they have made that choice. And now they're faced with that reality."

It's a reality Donoho says can be more bearable for all parties involved with a little planning. And before the adoptee goes knocking on doors.

"I've had adoptee's tell me that they sought out their birth parents and when they did get a hold of them they weren't ready for that," said Donoho.

"What I like about what is happening is it's addressing each one individually. But with the education we're providing with other steps being taken we can set the stage for this to be a successful part of the process."

It's a process that can be as simple as everyone understanding that they're all there for what's best for the children.

"It's not about the birth parent. It's not about the adoptive parents, it's about what's best for their child. And when adoptive parents and birth parents can do that, then it's a win-win situation," said Donoho.

The new law also allows for birth parents to remain anonymous. But they have to notify the State of Illinois to request to have their names redacted from the birth certificate.

And if you'd like to learn more about the adoption process, you can do so this Saturday at the Angels' Cove celebration of adoption this coming weekend.

For more information on the event click on their website at; www.bchfs.com.

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