Taiwan Adoption Records Now Open

One of the perceived advantages or tragedies of foreign adoption for some folks looking to adopt is that foreign adoptions have traditionally been closed. That is, the original birth certificate (OBC in adoption lingo) is sealed and a new one issued with the name of the adoptive parent(s) in the space for mother and/or father—and then that’s that.

But due to growing pressure from adoptees, laws are slowly changing abroad as they have here. Taiwanese adoptees 20 years or older - including those adopted internationally - are now entitled to their records. Younger adoptees may have access with their adoptive parent’s permission. This year, the Children’s Bureau of the Taiwan Ministry has mandated the establishment of a Child and Juvenile Adoption Information Center (CJAIC) with the authority to release information from about 10,000 records. In 2005, 141 visas were issued to Taiwanese orphans coming to the U.S.

Other countries that allow identity access to adult adoptees are: Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Wales.

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