Time is running out for thousands of New Jersey birth parents to protect their anonymity from the children they gave up for adoption.
A new state law takes effect Jan. 1 that will allow adoptees to obtain their original birth certificates without court intervention. As many as 300,000 children who were given up for adoption could be impacted.
Birth parents have until Saturday to have their names removed in order to maintain their privacy. After that, adult adoptees can get their birth records without a court order.
So far, 287 birth parents have requested anonymity to have their names redacted, said Dawn Thomas, a state Department of Health spokeswoman. Birth certificate requests have been filed by 821 adoptees, she said.
“We are trying to get the word out as much as possible,” Thomas said. The state has notified local and national adoption agencies and community groups, she said.
But others worry that birth parents may be unaware of the new law or may have moved out of the state. The state privacy form must be postmarked by…