Your Family: Aug. 2, 1999

WHAT'S IN A NAME Two states are making it easier for adults to learn the identity of their biological parents. An Oregon judge just upheld a law that gives adoptees age 21 and older the right to obtain birth certificates listing their birth parents. In Illinois, the Governor is expected to sign a bill stipulating that when a surrogate mother carries another couple's embryo, the birth certificate will not list the surrogate but only the biological parents whose sperm and egg formed the embryo.

A SECOND CHANCE Forty-six states and the District of Columbia offer programs in which nonviolent youthful offenders...

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