Tennessee One Of Few States To Have Open Adoption Records

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Some adoption experts say Tennessee's open adoption law that allows access to birth records is a model for other states to follow.

November is National Adoption Month, but across the country many adult adoptees have no way to find out about their birth parents.

The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute in New York released a report this month calling for all states to open adoption records. Tennessee is one of only eight states that allow adoptees to see birth records after the age of 21.

The Tennessee General Assembly passed a law in 1995 allowing access to records, but it was only in effect for two weeks before it was challenged in court. A state court ruled in 1998 the law was unconstitutional and the records should be sealed, but it was overturned by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1999.

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