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Lawmaker Explores Okla. Adoption Law (Oct 11, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A state lawmaker is exploring possible changes to Oklahoma adoption law that would allow adults who were adopted as children to have access to their pre-adoption birth certificates and the names of their biological parents.

State Rep. Purcy Walker held an interim study on the issue Tuesday before the House Human Services Committee.

Walker, D-Elk City, says he initiated the study after being contacted by a constituent who was researching her medical history and learned her adoption records were sealed.

Oklahoma law was changed in 1997 to allow adopted children access to their original birth certificates after they turn 18, but Walker says that law only applies to children born after Jan. 1, 1997.

Walker says he's still gathering information and may introduce a bill next session.

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