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New York law is instructive.  In New York State, the sealing of adoption records has been mandated for more than 60 years, although courts had the discretionary power to seal these records even before then (Matter of Linda F.M., 52 NY2d 236, 239 [1981]; appeal dismissed 454 US 806 [1981]). Currently, adoption records are sealed pursuant to Domestic Relations Law §114, to protect and insure confidentiality which is 'vital to the adoption process' (Matter of Hayden, 106 Misc 2d 849 [Sup Ct, New York County 1981]). The purpose is to provide anonymity to the natural parents, enable the adoptive parents to form a close bond with their adopted child, protect the adopted child from possibly disturbing information that might be found in his records, and allow the state to foster an orderly and supervised adoption system (Matter of Linda F.M., 52 NY2d 236, 239 [1981]; appeal dismissed 454 US 806 [1981] [internal citations omitted]). There have been challenges to the power of New York State to seal adoption records, but the courts have determined that these statutes are not in violation of the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and are constitutional (Matter ...

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