Statistics

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The ground you’re standing on is liberated territory. Defend it …Abbie Hoffman

Statistics (from Bastard Nation)

Numbers are incomplete, but since 2000,  when records began to be unsealed in Oregon, Alabama, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island (Kansas and Alaska records  were never  sealed) over 20,000 adoptees have  successfully accessed their original birth certificates

When possible, these stats are linked directly to state statistic pages; other the links go to state OBC access information pages.

STATE

DATE OPENED

OBCS RELEASED

AS OF

Alabama

 

08/01/00

5854*

5/31/13

Maine#

01/01/09

1226

12/31/12

New Hampshire

01/01/05

1572

12/31/12

Oregon

05/31/00

10,990

5/31/12

Rhode Island

07/01/12

827

01/22/12

TOTAL

20,469

 6/14/13

It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don’t want and get it…. Eugene V. Debs

Don’t be fooled!  Illinois, Tennessee, Delaware, Colorado, and Massachusetts are not free states.  Some adoptees in those states can access their OBCs, but others are black holed by restrictions such as a Disclosure Veto or are denied access by a nonsensical tiered access system which denies (or releases) OBCs depending on the date of birth or date of adoption finalization of the adoptee.

*Alabama:  includes legitimization records

#Maine:  stats not online at this timem but may be some time in the future.  These numbers were sent to BN

Updated 8/5/2013