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With thousands of items of information held in public trust, our experience and knowledge can save you hours of frustration and help you complete your business quickly and efficiently. OCT 19 am NOV 10 NOV 11 NOV 12 NOV 19 Town Hall Hours Monday - Wednesday, a. Thursday, a. Friday, a. Send an Email. Also essential to realize is that up until the Connecticut Legislature's vote to seal the birth records of all adoptees—even for those who already knew the names of their biological parents—the law guaranteed adult adoptees the right to obtain original birth certificates containing their birth parents' names as well as their own birth name.

Karen Quesnel, who was 19, unmarried, and living in South Windsor when she gave birth in , said it never occurred to her that giving up her son for adoption meant that her identity would be hidden from him. It was my first job out of high school.

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After losing it, I was sent to live at the St. There was so much pressure and coercion for me to give up my son for adoption because I was unmarried. I did give up my son, but I was never promised nor wanted confidentiality. The last thing in the world I wanted was for my son to not be able to find out my identity and to know everything he would one day want to know about his history and birth families. Starting in the late s and ending roughly in the mids, it was common for single women like Quesnel who became pregnant to be sent away, forced to live under assumed names, receive "rehabilitation services" to help ensure they wouldn't "repeat their mistake," and then told they had absolutely no choice but to give up their babies--even though this was not legally the truth.

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Doctors, nurses and social workers would urge birth mothers during this period to forget the "unfortunate situation" ever occurred and move on with their lives, said Access Connecticut President Karen Caffrey. But as birth mothers like Diane Hook of Middlebury assert, forgetting has never been possible.

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But a mother never forgets. The 'sin' of relinquishing a child to adoption is in the shame, fear and lies that have been perpetuated through closed birth records that seal both the adoptee's and the birth parents' truths.

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