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H.505

Introduced by Representative Lorber of Burlington

Referred to Committee on

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Subject:  Health; births, marriages, and deaths; birth records

Statement of purpose:  This bill proposes to update the procedure of the supervisor of vital records for issuing new birth certificates after adoptions or amendments authorized by court decree.  The bill:

(1)  Requires the supervisor of vital records to issue a new birth certificate whenever a probate court authorizes an amendment or other change to a birth certificate.

(2)  Authorizes the supervisor of vital records to issue a new birth certificate for an adopted child who was born in another state and adopted in this state if the adopted child’s state of birth either does not reissue a birth certificate or issues a birth certificate that does not include the names of both adoptive parents.

(3)  Requires the supervisor of vital records, when reissuing a birth certificate after an adoption, to use the gender-neutral term “parent” on the birth certificate to denote the names of the adoptive parents.

AN ACT RELATING TO THE PROCEDURES FOR REISSUING BIRTH CERTIFICATES AFTER ADOPTIONS OR OTHER AMENDMENTS AUTHORIZED BY COURT DECREE

It is hereby enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Vermont:

Sec. 1.  18 V.S.A. § 5076 is amended to read:

§ 5076.  -NOTICE; HEARING; DECREE; RECORD

(a)  The probate court shall set a time for hearing on a petition filed under section 5075 of this title, cause notice thereof, if it deems such necessary, by posting a notice in the probate office, and after hearing such proper and relevant evidence as may be presented shall make findings with respect to the birth of such person as are supported by the evidence.

(b)  The court shall thereupon issue a decree setting forth the facts as found and transmit a certified copy thereof to the supervisor of vital records registration.

(1)  Where the certificate is to be amended, the supervisor of vital records registration shall transmit the decree to the town clerk where the birth occurred, with instructions to amend the original certificate. A correction shall be made by drawing a line through the matter to be corrected and writing in new matter as required to show the legal effects. The town clerk shall stamp, write or type the words “Court Amended” at the top of the amended certificate and all copies thereof and shall certify that the amendment was ordered by said court pursuant to this chapter with the date of decree issue a new birth certificate reflecting the amendments authorized by the court decree.  The supervisor of vital records shall transmit the new birth certificate, the court decree, and sufficient information to identify the original certificate to the town clerk of the town where the birth occurred.  The town clerk shall send a certified copy of such completed or corrected birth record, showing new matter added, or changed matter lined out and the substituted matter as it appears thereon, to the commissioner and also to the clerk of any town to whom a copy of the original record was sent under the provisions of section 5009 of this title, and shall enclose with that copy, but not endorsed thereon, a notation identifying the original.

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Sec. 2.  15A V.S.A. § 3-802 is amended to read:

§ 3-802.  ISSUANCE OF NEW BIRTH CERTIFICATE

(a)  Except as otherwise provided in subsection (d) of this section, upon receipt of a report of adoption prepared pursuant to section 3-801 of this title, a report of adoption prepared in accordance with the law of another state or country, a certified copy of a decree of adoption together with information necessary to identify the adoptee’s original birth certificate and to issue a new certificate, or a report of an amended adoption, the supervisor of vital records shall take any of the following appropriate measures:

(1)  issue Issue a new birth certificate for an adoptee born in this state and furnish a certified copy of the new certificate to the adoptive parent and to an adoptee who has attained 14 years of age;.

(2)  forward Forward a certified copy of a report of adoption for an adoptee born in another state to the supervisor of vital records of the state of birth; and give the supervisor of vital records of that state an opportunity to issue a new birth certificate under the laws of that state.  However, if the supervisor of vital records of the state of birth does not issue a new birth certificate, or issues a new birth certificate that does not include both adoptive parents, the supervisor of vital records of this state shall issue a new birth certificate for the adoptee pursuant to subsection (b) of this section and forward a copy of the new birth certificate, along with a certified copy of the report of adoption, to the supervisor of vital records of the state of birth.

(3)  issue Issue a certificate of foreign birth for an adoptee adopted in this state and who was born outside the United States and was not a citizen of the United States at the time of birth, and furnish a certified copy of the certificate to the adoptive parent and to an adoptee who has attained 14 years of age;.

(4)  notify Notify an adoptive parent of the procedure for obtaining a revised birth certificate through the United States Department of State for an adoptee born outside the United States who was a citizen of the United States at the time of birth; or.

(5)  in In the case of an amended decree of adoption, issue an amended birth certificate according to the procedure in subdivision (a)(1) or (3) of this section or follow the procedure in subdivision (2) or (4) of this section.

(b)  Unless otherwise specified by the court, a new birth certificate issued pursuant to subdivision (a)(1), (2), or (3) or an amended certificate issued pursuant to subdivision (a)(5) of this section shall:

(1)  be signed by the supervisor of vital records;

(2)  include the date, time, and place of birth of the adoptee;

(3)  substitute the name of the adoptive parent for the name of the person listed as the adoptee's parent on the original birth certificate;

(4)  include the filing date of the original birth certificate and the filing date of the new birth certificate;

(5)  use the gender-neutral term “parent” to denote names of the adoptee’s adoptive parents; and

(6)  contain any other information prescribed by the supervisor of vital records.

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(d)  If the court, the adoptive parent, or an adoptee who has attained 14 years of age requests that a new or amended birth certificate not be issued, the supervisor of vital records may not issue a new or amended certificate for an adoptee pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, but shall forward a certified copy of the report of adoption or of an amended decree of adoption for an adoptee who was born in another state to the appropriate office in the adoptee's state of birth.

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Sec. 3.  18 V.S.A. § 5078 is amended to read:

§ 5078.  ADOPTION; NEW BIRTH CERTIFICATE

(a)  The supervisor of vital records registration shall establish a new birth certificate for a person born in the state when the supervisor receives a record of adoption as provided in section 449 of Title 15 or a record of adoption prepared and filed in accordance with the laws of another state or foreign country adopted in this state pursuant to section 3-802 of Title 15A.

(b)  The new birth certificate shall be on a form prescribed by the commissioner of health. The new birth certificate shall include:

(1)  the actual place and date of birth;

(2)  the adoptive parents as though they were natural parents;

(3)  a notation that it was issued by authority of this chapter.

(c)  The new birth certificate shall not contain a statement whether the adopted person was illegitimate.

(d)  The new certificate, and sufficient information to identify the original certificate, shall be transmitted to the clerk of the town of birth to be filed according to the procedures in section 451 of Title 15.

(e)  The supervisor of vital records registration shall not establish a new birth certificate if the supervisor receives, accompanying the record of adoption, a written request that a new certificate not be established:

(1)  from the adopted person if 18 years or older; or

(2)  from the adoptive parent or parents if the adopted person is under 18 years of age.

(f)  When the supervisor of vital records registration receives a record of adoption for a person born in another state, the supervisor shall forward a certified copy of the record of adoption to the state registrar in the state of birth, with a request that a new birth certificate be established under the laws of that state.



Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
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Montpelier, Vermont


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