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Vermont's New Adoption Law

November 29, 2022

VERMONT’S NEW ADOPTION LAW: An Update for Biological/Former Parents

Starting July 1, 2023, Vermont’s new adoption law will allow adopted persons 18 and over (and their direct descendants) to get:

  • Their original birth certificate — if they were born in Vermont.
  • Identifying information about their biological/former parents — if the adoption was finalized in Vermont and the parents did not file a request for nondisclosure.

The biological/former parents:

  • May file a form with the Vermont Adoption Registry to indicate whether they’d like to have contact and, if so, how they’d like it to happen: directly or through an intermediary.  
  • Have until July 1, 2023 to file a request with the Vermont Adoption Registry that their identifying information not be disclosed. Doing so will not change the adopted person/direct descendant’s right to a copy of:
    • The original birth certificate, and
    • Any adoption-related document filed with the birth certificate (e.g., adoption report or adoption decree). 


To learn more and get copies of the forms, go to