Sealed birth records is the process of sealing the original birth certificate of an adoptee when the adoption is finalized. The original sealed birth certificate is replaced with a birth certificate declaring the adoptee to be the child of his or her adoptive parents. Record sealing is the process of removing from general review the records pertaining to a court case. After a record is sealed, the contents are legally considered never to have occurred. A sealed record is the legal right to deny or fail to acknowledge anything to do with the legal proceedings from the case itself.
In Hawaii, access to post-adoption records are controlled by HI Rev. Stat. §§ 578-14; 578-15; 338-20, a new birth certificate is issued, the original birth certificate shall be sealed. The sealed document may be opened by the department only by an order of a court or when requested in accordance with § 578-15.
|St. Francis Assisi Elementary Enrollment Record of Barry Soetoro, January 1, 1968.|