The following teaser is from the November 14, 2011 edition of the Belleville News Democrat:
Starting Tuesday, people who were adopted can get their birth certificates if they were born on or after Jan. 1, 1946.
Adopted or surrendered adults can request a non-certified copy of their original Illinois birth certificate. Only people who are at least 21 can receive a non-certified copy of their original birth certificate.
The Illinois Adoption Act has been amended to allow adopted or surrendered adults to obtain their Illinois birth certificate. The non-certified birth certificate typically includes the birth parents’ names, ages and places of birth.
“More than 2,000 people have contacted the Illinois Department of Public Health Inquiring about filing a request on Nov. 15 for a copy of their original birth certificate,” said Dr. Craig Conover, acting director for the state department of public health. “We anticipate our Division of Vital Records will receive numerous request forms tomorrow and in the coming days we will work to process those requests as quickly as possible.”
All the forms can be found at www.idph.state.il.us or by calling the Illinois Adoption Registry at 877-323-5299.
The fee for submitting either form is $15. The fee will be waived for birth parents who complete the medical questionnaire forms.