On May 27, 2014, a new law took effect that will allow adoptees and certain relatives to request and obtain the names of their biological parents beginning January 1, 2017. Read More
The deadline has passed for birth parents to request the New Jersey Department of Health redact personal identifying information from an adoptee's original birth certificate.
Birth parents may still choose to indicate that they wish no contact with the adoptee. To do this, birth parents w must complete the Contact Prefernce Form and Medical/Family History Form. You can obtain a copies of these forms by clicking HERE
In addition, the New Jersey Department of Health has provided a list of counseling resources to be shared with birth parents and adult adoptees who may need to speak with a professional regarding the changes to New Jersey’s adoption law.
Contact Preference Form
Medical/Family History Form
Forms can also be obtained by calling the Department of Health/Office of Vital Statistics at 866-649-8726, ext. 582 or the New Jersey Catholic Conference Helpline 609-989-4809.
Completed forms must be mailed to:
New Jersey Department of Health
Vital Statistics and Registry
PO Box 370
Trenton, NJ 08625-0370
In addition, birth parents have the option to complete and submit these forms online at https://adoptionrecords.nj.gov/arms/a/index.html
Beginning January 2017, authorized individuals may obtain an uncertified copy of an adoptee’s original birth certificate without obtaining a Superior Court Order. The application and instructions below are to be used to make that request. Applications and payment can be submitted prior to January 2017, however, no records will be released until the law’s effective date of January 2017.
Application for an Uncertified Copy of an Adopted Person's Original Birth Record
For well over a century, the Catholic Church in New Jersey has provided adoption services. Throughout all those years, the Church promised to honor the privacy of birth parents and adoptees. That promise of privacy also was assured by law and affirmed by the State Superior Court.
Those promises can no longer be kept. On May 27, 2014, a new law took effect that will allow adoptees and certain relatives to request and obtain the names of their biological parents beginning January 1, 2017.
Any birth parents who wish to preserve their privacy, must submit a Redaction Request Form to the New Jersey Department of Health no later than December 31, 2016. By filing this form, birth parents will be able to keep their names off any documents provided by the State to adoptees or anyone else. The State made the Redaction Request Form public on August 3, 2015. The form can be downloaded at http://nj.gov/health/forms/reg-36c.pdf
Because of the Church’s century-long role in adoptions, the New Jersey Catholic Dioceses, Catholic Charities agencies and the New Jersey Catholic Conference will be working to alert birth parents to the changes in the State’s adoption law.
We need help. We ask everyone to spread the word that birth parents must take action to preserve their privacy. We need to notify family members, friends and neighbors that birth parents could lose their privacy.
If you know a person who placed a child in adoption, please tell them that if they do not file a Redaction Request Form, their name and other information could be given to the adoptee.
New Jersey Catholic Conference has established an adoption HELPLINE for anyone in need of assistance at 609-989-4809.
For more information go to: http://www.njcathconf.com/content/family_life_adoption.php
NJCC Statement on the Change in New Jersey’s Adoption Laws
Contact Preference Form - http://nj.gov/health/forms/reg-36a.pdf
Medical/Family History Form - http://nj.gov/health/forms/reg-36b.pdf