A journey of almost 50 years included Tuesday morning a trip from Chicago to Springfield for Jennifer Gholston. Gholston is among the first people in the state to take advantage of a new law which allows adult adoptees born in Illinois to apply for their original birth certificate. That certificate will come in the mail.
While you don’t have to come to the state’s Division of Vital Records in person, many did – in their drive to see the process through. In Gholston’s case, the certificate will reveal to her - for the first time – the name of her birth mother. “I’m able to move from a system … that held onto laws that … just don’t benefit people anymore,” she says. “I still have a lot more work before me, so this is just a part of the journey. It’s a huge, wonderful part, but that’s still not it. It’s not over.” The sponsor of the new law, State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz (D-Chicago), is herself an adoptee and also submitted an application in person. She says the new law will help up to 250,000 adoptees.