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FLARE exists to promote truth and transparency in adoption. We believe that current laws regarding adult adoptee access to records are antiquated and unjust. Therefore, we advocate for legislation that provides access to original birth certificates and adoption records for adult adoptees who were born or adopted in the state of Florida and their descendants. 

for legislators
  • Rep. Stark sponsored HB 89 (2020)   in his final term in the Florida legislature. Both the House and Senate versions passed overwhelmingly. The measure, which removes the requirement for adoptive parent consent for records access, now awaits transmission to the governor's desk for signature.      

  • For context, read the current statute

  • View the 3/12/19 subcommittee hearing starting at 25:30. View the 3/21 full committee hearing starting at 4:40.  FLARE lobbyist Bill Barrett's testimony educated members about history of the law and called for restoration of direct OBC access found in statute until 1987. 

  • Click below for the 12/6/18 Orlando Sentinel story about adoptee Amy Ram, a "Cole baby"  who learned that her birth records were not only sealed but falsified, yet she still found original family members. 

be informed

At 18, let adoptees learn who they are.

- South Florida Sun Sentinel Editorial Board, 10/9/17  Read the editorial.

Adoptees deserve control over their own lives - open birth records. - Guest Commentary, Orlando Sentinel, 11/30/17.


When will an adoptee in Florida have access to an original birth certificate?  - WKMG ClickOrlando, 4/17/17


Find out about legislative history,  current Florida  law, and a pivotal 1976 District Court ruling, unanimously in favor of adult adoptees. 


See the list of influential national organizations that support adult adoptee access to OBCs and adoption records. 


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