Breaking the Seal

Thanks to Representative Don Phillips and the Missouri Adoptee Rights Movement, the Missouri Adoptee Rights Act goes into effect January 1, 2018.  Missouri born adopted adults will finally be allowed to receive a copy of their own original birth certificate without ​a court order. 


Breaking the Seal is an event to celebrate the change in Missouri law and educate adopted adults and their families about the changes and resources that are available.  


Note: If you are the descendant of a deceased adoptee, and you are interested in getting a copy of the adoptee's birth certificate please e-mail to be added to the update list and get information on how to obtain identifying information from the other records.  At this time you are not allowed to get a copy of the adoptee's original birth certificate without obtaining a court order. 


Event Schedule

December 31, 2017- New Year's Eve Dinner & Celebration of Missouri Adoptee Rights Act and G's Adoption Registry Fundraiser

January 1, 2018 - Breaking The Seal Conference:

Keynote Speakers:

Don Phillips, Missouri State Representative District 138

Adam Pertman, President, CEO and Founder of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency


  • Search & Reunion and Your Rights to Your Information - Stephanie Wyatt, Search Angel & Gary Schaefer, Founder of G's Adoption Registry
  • DNA & Genetic Genealogy - Janine Cloud, Family Tree DNA & Heather Dodd, Genected
  • Late Discovery Adoptees - Keith Sciarillo
  • First/Birth Parent - Sharon Fieker Cummins & Jeanette Crawford Mooney
  • Adoptive Parents - Adam Pertman, CEO and Founder of the National Center on Adoption & Permanency & Deb Guinn Donatti

January 1, 2018 - Evening performance of "Blank" by Missouri adoptee Brian Stanton & Music By Don Phillips

January 2, 2018 - The Department of Health and Senior Services will be at the Capitol Plaza Hotel to accept new applications and distribute copies of birth certificates to some adoptees who have pre-submitted their application.  LUNCH options TBA.

*Throughout the event we will also have door prizes and a silent auction to raise funds for G's Adoption Registry.

**Please remember, the event sign-up does not include the hotel room. You must make hotel reservations separately. If you are staying at the Capitol Plaza, please be sure to tell them you are attending "Breaking the Seal". (573) 635-1234


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