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Ohio Senate Bill Could Open Sealed Adoption Records

COLUMBUS (Jen French)A bill in the Ohio Senate could open sealed adoption records. In Ohio, adoptees born between Jan. 1, 1964 through Sept. 18, 1996 cant access information about their biological parents without a court order.

With no paper trail, Jennifer Hunter and her 23-year-old daughter Carol Meck were separated for 17 years. Six years ago, Hunter found her daughter on MySpace. Meck now lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

"I saw the pictures. Our smile and noses look exactly the same. We have the same hair, Meck said.

Hunter became a mother when she was only 16. Knowing she wouldnt be able to provide for her newborn, she put her daughter up for adoption.

"I knew that it was a closed adoption, but I didn't know that she wouldn't have access to that [birth records] at the time, Hunter said. "There's a stigma that birth parents don't want to be contacted, but I'm just overjoyed that she's a part of our family now, Hunter said.

Meck is getting married in Memphis in a week. Her fiance, Jonathan Artz, is also adopted. Both of their biological and adoptive families will be in the wedding ceremony.

"It's all four families coming together. Not just two anymore, Meck said.

"It was just closure. I finally got answers, Hunter said. We can be part of each other's lives.

 
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