The definition of an open adoption record is a birth certificate that someone who is over the age of 21 is able to receive without a court order. This is a rare event since only five states give adult adoptees even a glimpse of catching sight of their OBC or original birth ceritificate. They are Alabama, Alaska, Kansas, New Hampshire and Oregon. Adult adoptees receive an amended birth certificate with their adoptive parents names. Their own birth names are not given very often in amended birth certificates. There are proposals in several states currently being considered for laws related to adoption records.