Some parents want to retain a link to their children when they give them up for adoption, but the majority of biological parents have valid reasons for fully breaking the connection and remaining anonymous to the children. At the same time, adopted children have equally valid reasons for learning about their biological parents.
In May, 2014, Gov. Christie made changes to the Vital Statistics Act that strike a balance between the information needs of children and potential privacy needs of birth parents. Affected individuals should take steps now to learn how to prepare for the changes, which go into effect as of January 2017.