The following excerpt is from an article published in the July 29, 2013 edition of

When Pennsylvania children are adopted, the state seals their original birth certificates and issues revised certificates that name the adoptive parents instead of the biological parents.

Those documents don’t even indicate that an adoption took place.

The state has not allowed adoptees to see their original birth certificates since 1985. But a bill introduced this year by state Rep. Kerry A. Benninghoff would grant that right to adult adoptees born in Pennsylvania.

Before introducing the bill, the Centre County Republican sent a memo to House members listing several reasons adoptees might want to access their birth records.

Some want to establish relationships with their birth families or seek information about their medical history, according to Benninghoff. Others are interested in discovering their ancestral roots.

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