OBC FOR ME
Certificates for Maine (OBC for ME), is a grassroots group of Maine
adoptees, parents of origin and adoptive parents.
OBC for ME succeeded in its initial mission to pass legislation (LD
1084 /PL 409) granting adult adoptees access to their OBC upon request,
while empowering parents of origin the choice
to indicate whether or not they wish to be contacted. This basic
human/civil right has been restored to all Maine-born adoptees, just as
all non-adopted Maine-born citizens have always had, for the same fee and
without parental permission. Our NEW mission is (1) to help Maine Vital
Records with the implementation process, (2) to invite the public and
private adoption related agencies in Maine to join us in increasing the
number of adoption triad support groups in Maine and (3) to publicize this
historic event around the world via all forms of media, over the 18 months
prior to January 1, 2009, the effective date of PL 409.
OBC SUPPORT GROUP MEETING
Our agenda is open -
we want to see you folks and find out what you've been up to since
January 1, 2009!
It doesn't matter if you have searched, haven't searched; are in reunion
or not; we want to see you again. Let us know how things are going for
you. It would be wonderful to catch up!
PLEASE BE PATIENT. THE
STAFF HAVE BEEN OVERWHELMED BY THE INTEREST THIS NEW LAW HAS GENERATED.
PLEASE EXPECT 7-14 BUSINESS DAY WAIT TO RECEIVE YOUR OBC. FOR QUESTIONS,
SEARCH OR SUPPORT JOIN OUR
YAHOO SUPPORT GROUP.
In order to receive a copy
of his/her original birth certificate on January 2, 2009, an adoptee
will still need to download the
official state application form
from this website.
The adoptee must also bring (or mail if not coming in-person) the filled
out and notarized form, a certified copy of their current birth
certificate, and a $25 check made out to: Treasurer - State of Maine.
You will find all necessary forms in both MS Word and PDF (Adobe
Reader) near the bottom of the page that the links bring you to.
Parents of origin (also called birth parents) may also NOW submit
information, confidentially, to Lorraine Wilson:
Everyone impacted by this law should read the rules compiled by the
Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics (Maine Center for Disease
downloadable at this website
Nominations For Angels in Adoption Announced by
Senator Tom Allen
Listen to an interview
with Bobbi Beavers and Cathy Robishaw on the adoptionshow.com a Canadian
picture of the group at the victory party graciously hosted by Cathy
Robishaw. Click on it for a full view and ID.
LD 1084 was signed into law by Maine’s Governor
Baldacci on June 25, 2007, and goes into effect on January 1, 2009.
Yes it will be a might longer to go into effect
but considering this was a necessary concession to have a bill that
remains intact with no altering amendments that would change the original
New Hampshire Vital Records to Celebrate Issuance of
1000th Original Birth Certificate to Adoptees and Special
Tribute to the Passing of LD 1084, Adoptee Access Legislation in Maine.
WHAT THE BILL IS ABOUT
SUCCESSFUL ADOPTEE BIRTHRIGHT LAWS IN OTHER STATES
Sports betting laws in Maine and other states.
Aired 06/20/2007 on
Maine Public Radio
1084 PASSED HOUSE
AND SENT TO SENATE 06/18/2007!!
Listen Here -
do to a server problem very beginning discussion was not recorded.
1084 HAS PASSED THE SENATE
06/19/2007!! - NOW IT GOES ONE MORE TIME AROUND
- large file 1hr 26 min compelling testimony
to Hearing 05/02/2007
Listen to Work Session 05/08/2007
Listen to Work Session 05/17/2007