Good news for adoptees who want to know who their birth parents are. According to Governor Cuomo's Office, now, in New York State, adoptees are allowed to receive a certified copy of their original, or pre-adoption, birth certificate after they turn 18-years-old. If the adoptee is deceased, direct line descendants, such as a child, grandchild or great-grandchild of the adoptee, may request a copy of the adoptee’s birth certificate. Also, a lawful representative of an adoptee or a deceased adopted person’s direct line descendant may also apply. Applications can be made online with the State Department of Health.

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