Statistics Generated By Illinois' OBC-Access Law as of 11/30/11

 

907: total number of pre-1946 birth certificates released since May of 2010

40: number of U.S. states other than Illinois from which pre-1946 OBC requests were received

6: number of foreign countries from which pre-1946 OBC requests were received

49: number of Illinois counties in which adoptees requesting their OBC were born (out of a possible 102 counties)

88.2%: percentage of pre-1946 original birth certificates released under the new law that were for births that took place in Cook County (i.e. Chicago and its immediate suburbs).

3489: total number of post-1946 OBC Request Forms received between 11/15/11 and 11/30/11

4245: total number of birth parents who have signed up with the Illinois Adoption Registry as of 11/30/11 (1.2% of the estimated 350,000 birth parents whose parental rights were terminated in Illinois between 1946 and 1989)

3725: total number of birth parents who have indicated an interest in contact through the Registry as of 11/30/11 (87% of all birth parents who have signed up with the Registry)

520: total number of birth parents who have requested confidentiality through the Registry as of 11/30/11 (81% of whom completed the new Birth Parent Preference Form).

523: total number of birth parents who've completed the new Birth Parent Preference Form since 1/1/11

36: total number of birth fathers who've completed the new Birth Parent Preference Form since 1/1/11 (6.8% of the 2011 birth parent total)

38.8%: percentage of birth fathers who've completed the new Birth Parent Preference Form since 1/1/11 and indicated an interest in contact.

63%: percentage of birth parents who've completed the new Birth Parent Preference Form since 1/1/11 and voluntarily provided medical background information

81.3%: percentage of birth parents seeking anonymity who signed up with the Registry between 1/1/11 and 11/30/11

48.7%: percentage of birth parents seeking anonymity who signed up with the Registry between 10/31/11 and 11/15/11 (talk about a last-minute rush!)

97%: percentage of birth parents seeking contact who signed up with the Registry prior to 1/1/11 (100% of whom voluntarily provided medical background information)

TWO TENTHS OF ONE PERCENT: the percentage of the 250,000 original birth certificates unsealed on 11/15/11 which were impacted by the controversial opt-out provision as of 11/30/11(520/250,000 = 99.8)