And, if the adoptee’s birth parent(s) submitted contact preference and family history information to the Office of Vital Statistics and Registry, then the applicant will also receive of a copy of this information.Additionally, if the birth parents have requested identifying information to be redacted from the birth certification, then the applicant will receive an original birth certificate with that identifying information blacked out. 26:8-62 for obtaining certified vital records of birth parent(s).Will the OVSR have a list of counseling resources to be shared with birth parents and adult adoptees who may need to speak with a professional regarding information they may or may not receive from their request?The Department has received hundreds of requests from birth parents and adoptees and is working currently to perform the complex, multi-step search to retrieve certificates and then match those to any birth parent requests.On the contact preference form, birth parents can indicate their preference regarding contact with the adopted individual.The forms of contact that may be selected by a birth parent are: direct contact, contact through an intermediary, or no contact at this time.The non-certified copy of the original birth certificate is for informational purposes only and cannot be used for legal proof of identity, citizenship, or as a substitute for an official birth certificate.
Birth parent redaction requests postmarked on December 31, 2016 might take several days to reach the Department of Health, due to possibly longer-than-average mail processing times associated with the holiday weekend.No redactions will be accepted that are postmarked after December 31, 2016, so as to comply with the law.The new law provides birth parents with the opportunity to submit to the State Registrar a contact preference form.Please note that OVSR will not begin mailing out the records to requestors until January 2017 so as to be in compliance with the law.Once we receive your request, we must search through hundreds of thousands of paper-based records (some dating back to the 1940’s), not electronic files, and match your request to a sealed record.This process is completely voluntary, but if the birth parent has not requested any information to be redacted by December 31, 2016 and if the adoptee requests an uncertified copy of their original birth certificate, the adoptee will receive it with all information that was recorded at the time of birth. If a birth parent indicates they wish to only have contact with their biological child through an intermediary and lists an adoption or State agency as the intermediary, will the OVSR contact the agency to alert them of the possible contact?While the submission of the forms is voluntary, if the birth parent elects to submit a contact preference form, then the birth parent must also submit a family history information form in order for the contact preference form to be accepted by the State Registrar. The adoption severed legal familial bonds to the birth parents so the adoptee does not meet the statutory requirements at N. Yes, the office will contact the named agency alerting them to the fact that they have been listed as an intermediary.We anticipate being able to mail out the records sometime during the month of January, but the exact turnaround time will depend on the volume of requests received. Birth parents that chose to maintain their privacy by having identifying information redacted were required to submit their request by December 31, 2016.If the redaction request was mailed to OVSR, then it must be postmarked by December 31, 2016 in order for it to be accepted.On May 27, 2014, Governor Christie amended this vital records law when he signed legislation that allows an adult adoptee, whose Original Birth Certificate was placed in a sealed file, to obtain a non-certified copy of that Original Birth Certificate. The application to request a copy of an adoptee’s original birth certificate is already posted on this website, and can be completed and mailed into the Department of Health, Office of Vital Statistics and Registry (OVSR) at any time.[REG 41] In addition to the application form, the requestor must also mail to the OVSR proper proof of identity, proof of relationship and/or proof of name change, such as a marriage certificate for a married woman who changed her surname, and payment.