TRENTON - For more than 70 years, birth certificates for adopted children have been sealed, leaving thousands of adoptees in the dark about who their biological parents were.

Now they will be given access to that information, according to an NJ.com report.

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Gov. Chris Christie will sign a bill today that will give adopted children access to their birth certificates.

The deal also allows birth parents until Dec. 31, 2016 to notify the state Health Department whether they want to be contacted by their child or an intermediary, and whether they want their name redacted from the birth certificate.

Steve Hughes

Local news editor at the Press of Atlantic City. SUNY Geneseo and Syracuse University grad. New Jersey transplant.

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