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Operation "Miracle on 34th Street"
a/k/a/ Adoptees' Rights

These areYour Opinions from
Adoptees' Rights to Their Original Birth Certificates

Did you know it is illegal for adoptees to obtain their
original birth certificates in most states?

(Editor's Note: I have put ALL comments in here, even those that don't directly answer that question, because it is your opinion, and in an effort to be fair to all I will post them. But please keep in mind that just because an adoptee has their original birth certificate, it does not *guarantee* that the birth parent will be found, nor does the lack of having it *guarantee* the birth parent they won't be found. The real issue is who owns that ORIGINAL birth certificate?)


Freedom of Information and Adoptees' Rights
From:
MaizieRae@aol.com
1. Every person in the United States has the right and freedom to obtain their own medical records EXCEPT adoptees whose records are included in the time period before their adoption.
2. All physicians request a family medical history (a history of familial diseases and causes of death of parents or relatives) from a patient. All patients in the United States at least have the freedom to seek this information from their families EXCEPT adoptees.
3. All citizens of the United States are afforded the right to obtain their own original birth certificate EXCEPT adoptees.
4. All persons in the United States may search their genealogy at liberty EXCEPT adoptees.
5. All persons born in the United States have an original identity that cannot be taken from them by another person EXCEPT adoptees.
6. Natural parents of an adoptee in the United States are the ONLY people that I know of that are legally allowed to strip the identity from another citizen of this country.
7. Dogs, cats, horses, cows, and other animals in the United States have more
genealogical pedigrees THAN DO ADOPTEES.
8. It is illegal to change or alter the pedigree of a registered animal in the United States, but it is NOT illegal to change the pedigree of a human being.
(Note: by pedigree I mean a history of blood relationships)


I understand that as an adoptee, I am not "supposed" to have certain rights
regarding obtaining information about my birth mother. I also understand
that part of the adoption process grants her that anonymity, she may not have
given me up for adoption if she thought I could just come and find her whenever I
wanted. I do not begrudge her that. However, I am a parent now myself and
have literally gone through hell with my older son. He has had numerous medical
problems and doctors have repeatedly asked me to try and get some medical
history on myself. I live in Washington State, and the hospital told me
the files were sealed and that was the end of it. I know where I was born, and
the Dr. who delivered me, but he has passed away and his wife has gotten rid of
all the records. I know about how old she was, and even with all this info.
I cannot seem to get anywhere, and all I wanted was some medical information.
They told me my son would have to be critical, and then I would have to
take it to court to see if THEY thought it was dire enough to open the files and
release MEDICAL information to me!! I don't even want to know who she is!!
I am not remotely interested, but that doesn't matter. In this state I don't
have the right to find out anything about me, let alone the woman who gave
birth to me. It is not fair. I wasn't asking for much, but I apparently
have NO rights. So, I know how you guys feel. Since then, I have just given up,
because I do not want to join a registry, I don't want that kind of
contact, and I can't seem to find any other way to get the valuable information I
would like. I guess it will remain a mystery.
BlkWidow98@aol.com


Thank you for providing this site & understanding the plight of the adopted *child * ( which we are always called even when we're adults ! ) This statement by Judge Weatherford sums up my thoughts on the issue so eloquently.  I wish that all the people who have the authority to deny us access to such a basic need were of the same mind as the judge.
"The law must be consonant with life. It cannot and should not ignore broad historical currents of history. Mankind is possessed of no greater urge than to try to understand the age-old question: "Who am I?" "Why am I?" Even now the sands and ashes of continents are being sifted to find where we made our first step as man.
Religions of mankind often include ancestor worship in one way or another. For many the future is blind without a sight of the past.  Those emotions and anxieties that generate our thirst to know the past  are not superficial and whimsical. They are real and they are "good
cause" under the law of man and God."
Judge Wade S. Weatherford, Jr.
Seventh Judicial Circuit Court, South Carolina
Ruling on an adoptee's petition to gain access to adoption records.
For some, myself included, we do not walk with firm footing on our path in life because of our lack of a history. We have no sense of connection, we may never base our decisions for our futures on the actions of our ancestors. I know well the history of my adoptive family, but it isn't my history & has no bearing on my life. What I would give to know my heritage, to see a face that looks like mine, to have a story of my own....... To the birthmothers who don't want their lives disrupted, I'm sorry, but whatever the circumstances of our conception, ultimately the responsibility of our birth is theirs, we had no choice in the matter. And as I believe every human being is responsible for their actions, our birthmothers created us, provided us with life, and should provide us with our history.
LizbethC32@aol.com


I am still searching for my birth parents. Thanks for the info on the show,
too bad they don't plan on helping us search. I believe it is our God given
legal right to know our birth history, medical information, etc., being
adopted is a life long sentence of medical ignorance for yourself and future
generations.
ESee2248@aol.com


Hi! I just found my two ads! The ad numbers are- 17924 and 17930. Thank you
very much for all of your help! We found my neice because a woman saw an ad
that my nephew placed on another site. What you do in The Seeker is
wonderful and I will DEFINITELY recommend you! We have had a very happy tearful
reunion with her! She lives only an hour and a half away! Her adoptive parents kept
her first name given to her at birth. Michelle. She looks very much like her
b-mom. There are a lot of similarities as far as talents as well! She's
beautiful and she has brought much joy into our lives! She has no children
and has never been married! We look forward to seeing her get married and have
children someday!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! There will be a special
jewel in your crown in heaven... I'm sure of it!! LOVE,Kim τΏτ
Bubbasis90@aol.com


I had several thoughts on adoptees. My vote shouldn't count, since I'm not one.
First, on the "disadvantage" side. If someone's birth certificate said something horrible (Their mother was raped by an uncle when she was 12, for instance, or a note that the father was probably white, but, because the mother was a dockside prostitute and there were a lot of ships in that week, it was impossible to tell what country he was from) do they really want to know ?
On the "advantage" side, among others, is the medical knowledge. If my biological father had Huntington's chorea -- the Woody Guthrie disease that is passed down to 50% of the offspring -- I'd like to know so I could either get a vasectomy or amniocentesis.
Has anyone thought of compromises - the court names a referee, who can look at the certificate, look up the biological parents and tell the adoptee of potential medical problems, and give them a rough idea of why they were given up for adoption ?
Ted Pack


Thanks for your time writing.  It's good to know there are people out
there who understands and want to help.  It is such a stupid law that
keeps you from knowing who we are. I thought after I turned 18 I would
be able to find out info.  But I was wrong.  I am now 25 and still don't know.
Sandy


I am a birthmother. I support the adoptees' right to their original
birth certificate. An adult should have the right to the truth. Many states
change the place of birth and the correct date of birth on an adoptees amended
birth certificate. Everyone should have the right to know when and where they
were truly born. It is not right that 48 states discriminate against adoptees
because of the circumstance of their birth.
Alana Miller
1404 Granada Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28314


Thank you so much for your support with Adoptees. I myself am an
adoptee.  I am aware of the closed birth certificate laws. I am a member of
Bastard Nation and am very involved with trying to open records in several
states.  I live in Pennslyvania and have come to realize not one person in
our sytem truly understands how they control my life, knowing who I am.
Keep up the good work.
Take care and God Bless.
Stephanie Blinkhorn


(Editor's Note: This comment is a bit long, but, frankly, I don't know what to take out!)
I want to start by saying this to you Linda ..BRAVO! You are giving all those touched by adoption a voice ..wonderful.
Before I wrote this letter to you, I read through some of the letters posted on your sight. I must correct a few of those who are 'uninformed' regarding the rights of an adoptee to obtain his or her birth certificate and why it is NOT ONLY a right for the adult adoptee ..but, also, an utter NEED.
(It is not my intention to offend ..but to inform ..This is my opinion, but, as you will see, is mostly based on facts.)
Every adoptee, at one time in their life, asks themselves, "Why was I adopted?" and the answer to that question should be one they should know the answer to, simply put. An overwhelming amount of research has been done regarding an adoptee and their feelings about not knowing their genetic origins ..and most conclude that not only do adoptees perceive themselves differently once they have learned something regarding the circumstances surrounding their births and the genetic backgrounds of their birth families,
but also have a better sense of who they 'are' and a higher self-esteem.
Before I go further, I must mention the "adoption contract" ..the contract between the birth parent/s and adoptive parents (or adoption agency, etc.) regarding the infant adoptee. That is exactly what it is ..a contract BETWEEN the adoptive and birth parents (whomever) ..NOT the adoptee who was helpless to participate in it. Even as an infant ..NO ONE ..not even the mother who gave birth to him or her ..had the right to take away the rights of that child. If someone told you that you now had no right to vote like
everyone else ..you'd be pretty upset. This is exactly what is occurring everyday to adult adoptees who only seek their original court and birth records ..while all those who are not adopted can pick up a phone, give a credit card number, and have nearly their entire medical and birth history faxed to them within an hour. How unfair is that? It is not an adoptee's "fault" that they were adopted ..why is our government punishing them for being so?
Isn't it stated clearly in the Declaration of Independence that "...all men are created equal"? If this were so ..why are adoptees "unequal"? They are discriminated against by their very government in every sense of the word ..especially regarding the most fundamental human right of identity. Their rights to know their genetic makeup, their medical background, and their heritage is denied them, which ultimately, helps determine their own sense of identity.
An adoptee having access to their medical backgrounds is the most important issue regarding open records ..especially in today's "medical time" when many of the once fatal diseases, etc. can now be treated and cured, in some cases, given there is prior knowledge of the disease, etc. When anyone visits a physician, hospital, etc. because they are 'not feeling good', they are asked to fill out numerous standard papers and forms. For those who are not adopted, this process is nearly painless and routine. For those
who are adopted, however, it can be a painful reminder that they do not know who they really 'are'. Their papers are left blank ..no information is known to them of any diseases or illnesses in their families ..nothing for the doctor to look at and possibly recognize and treat ..nothing. This is an outrage. Not only is our government denying adoptees the right to obtain their original birth records, also, by denying them access to their medical
records, ..the government is killing them.
My mother watched her adoptive mother die a very slow and painful death due to cancer. It was the most horrid thing she had ever seen ..her adoptive mother begging her to end her pain, as she coughed up blood and suffered severely.
My mother, who held her adoptive mother's hand while this was occurring, wondered did she, too, have such a painful death awaiting her ..and if she did, how would she know? How could she ensure that she would not be lying in a bed, as her adoptive mother was, begging her children to kill her? My mother is still haunted by that and the fear of what she could
'have' in her medical background, and what she could have 'passed on' to her own
children, still causes her nightmares to this day. No one deserves to NOT
KNOW their medical backgrounds ..no one.
The Fourteenth Amendment, in the United States Constitution,
guarantees EVERY person 'equal protection of the law'. The amendment's guarantee
of 'equal protection' means that the state laws may NOT make unfair or
unreasonable distinctions between people. The precedent for U.S. citizens to
have the right to copies of vital statistics and court records about
themselves is public policy. If a non-adopted person can freely and easily
obtain his or her own vital information and court records, then an adoptee
should have the same such right. By denying adoptees access to their own vital
information and court records, public policy is creating an 'invisible'
minority class of citizens whose civil rights are being violated ..over which they
have no control. This is the most unfair and unreasonable distinction I
can think of!
One of the main concerns, I have found, of those who oppose open records is that the opening of these records somehow violates a birth parent's right to privacy. Clearly put ..the right to privacy is NOT an open records issue.
The right to privacy is best described, in regards to open records, in the recent decision of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Doe v. Sundquist --a case challenging Tennessee's legislation that gave adoptees access to their *original* birth records and other court records. They opined, in part, that "A birth is simultaneously an
intimate occasion and a public event --the government has long kept records of when, where, and by whom babies were born. Such records have myriad purposes, such as furthering the interest of children in knowing the circumstances of their birth" (1997 FED App. 0051P (6th Circuit)).
Further, regarding the plaintiff's claim that Tennessee's legislation somehow violated their right to familial privacy, the court found that, "if there is a federal constitutional right of familial privacy, it does not extend as far as the plaintiff's would like." The plaintiffs also argued that the new law violated their right to avoid disclosure of confidential information. In regards to this argument, the court cited the 1981 case of J.P. v. DeSanti (653 F.2d 1080 (6th Circuit)) where the Appeals Court found that, "the Constitution does not encompass a general right to nondisclosure of private information"
(1997 FED App. 0051P (6th Circuit)).
Actually, many do not know that the right to privacy is not specifically in our Constitution ..it is an implicit right. The right to privacy has nothing to do with a birth parent who wants to keep birth information from the adult adoptee.
In view of the facts stated, it is clear that an adoptee not only has the right to birth and court records, but a need to know. Just because an adoptee was placed for adoption, does not mean that it erases any form of their genetic origins, etc. If I have the right to walk into my local courthouse and obtain my birth record ..than the person standing in line with me should have the same such right to theirs --and not the amended birth record which
the adoptee has already been told is "not true" in regards to the woman who actually gave birth to him or her.
I read once (I can't remember where) a perfect sentence regarding adoptees and how they are made to feel in this country when denied their birthright --access to the original birth and court records-- .."Even one's furniture has a tag on it stating what it is made of and where it came from, and clearly written on this tag (government protected tag even) is "DO NOT REMOVE". It seems furniture mean more to our country than it's people. Sad.
Equal Rights ..Equal Access. Adoptee's DESERVE their ORIGINAL birth certificates.
Thank you for taking the time to read my lengthy opinion regarding this issue
(I could have even gone further!). It is one I feel strongly about and will continue to 'fight' until ALL records are opened to the adoptee.
Please, write to your local and state officials regarding this issue. One
person can make an argument, but many persons can change a law! Write today!
Thanks again Linda ..your support for adoptees and their rights to their original documents is wonderful. The Seeker is a VERY well known web page and resource that many visit.
Hopefully, those who do visit your page will learn more of the utter discriminations
committed by our government in regards to the adult adotee.  BRAVO Linda!)
Cheri
Ohio


Thank you for sending me your newsletter, and for your
understanding of the need for adoptees to have the right to know their history and
to have their real birth certificates. I want you to know that I am
DAMN MAD to discover that my efforts to get my records released from
the State of Oregon are blocked by a bunch of stupid politicians' laws
sealing the records.
I say, I am an adult and this is a violation of my constitutional rights. If my birth parents didn't want to be found, they should never have had sex.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you in your efforts.
Sincerely-
Ron Scott


Thank you for the thoughtful message. I haven't had any luck in
finding any birth relative. I was born in Iowa, where gaining access to
my files is next to impossible. I think that it is my file, I should have
the right to see it. Doesn't adoptees have the right of life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness as the Preamble of the Constitution says? It
seems that law makers seem to hamper our pursuit of happiness by denying
us the right to see our files or to have a copy of our original birth
certificates. Why can't that be my decision?
Tina Bilyeu


A felony to get your OWN birth certificate??? A FELONY? What is
wrong with this picture??? Who is making these rules???? I guarantee you that it
is not the Birthmother nor is it the Adoptees. So who is left... the adoptive
parents!!! Which aparents is it??? Surely not the loving caring
aparents who brought up the adoptees to be loving caring adults. THEY WANT their
children to have roots. THEY are SECURE in their childrens love for
them so THEY arent worried about it... NOW who does that leave??? The abusive
Aparents.. The ones who physically and or mentally abused the adoptees..
THEY are the ONLY ones with reasons to keep it all hidden.. They don't
want to take the chance on losing their "investment".. They don't want the
adoptees to find out that they really WERE loved ... they really WERE wanted.
Maybe SOME are even afraid that they will be put in jail because of the
things they did to the adoptee... Anyway, that is what I think...
Respectfully,
PSulli4959@aol.com


EXCELLENT !! Thank you. I would love to have a day when all people felt that way about our OBC.
Suzy Schaller-Burlock
webpage:http://www.bcn.net/~bearmous/
Adoptees deserve their unaltered, uncensored birth certificates!!


Your "heart of hearts" is golden! Let's take it a step further, if you will...
I was adopted as an infant and through others I have known, it's the prevalent feeling that birth-parents could never take the place of the parents that raised us -- the ones that invested their lives in us. We don't seek to invade the privacy of our birth-parents' lives any more than we seek to invade the privacy of our next-door neighbors'. The motivation is heritage. My family tree looks like a stump!
And that picture is passed on to my children..."Daddy, where did I come from?" ...The question is asked through innocent eyes looking up at me as my daughter sits on my lap. All those of you who know your heritage, be that child for a moment. And then be me. Articulate and intellectualize your answer all you want and you will still give the same answer in whatever words you will use -- an inadequate, helpless and heart-sinking, "I don't know, honey." That coming from one who that child looks to for all the knowledge and wisdom she can absorb. Opponents to the issue condemn us -- AND our children -- to having only a picture of a stump as our heritage. To those: Keep Up The Good Work. Sadly. Thank you for my space.
"Stumpy"DEBRA A CIALLELO


I am an adoptee and I have a birth certificate, it may not look the same as a non-adopted person but I have had no problems getting anything with it. My mother's name is on it, not my birth mother's. So what is the point of having the "original"?? Well the only thing I can think of is to find birth parents and thats the only reason I can see. So why make it so easy to possibly destroy lives?? If it's meant to be it will, I have seen many reunion stories and usually both parties are searching not just one with a birth certificate. There are many ways to search and I think we should stick to those ways cause at least there's some warning, most of the time, one of the people is searching then you have time to decide if this is what they or you want.
Jennifer


Since my birthdaughter and I were recently reunited I certainly think the
birth certificate should be released! What's to hide anymore? I am very
curious to see just how much information was changed. I know that my daughter
celebrates her birthday on Sept. 30th but she was born Sept. 28th.
I don't understand a system that finds it OK to lie on a document about a
person's birth and keep it hidden, but calls it fraud when a person sells a
car and lies about it's condition or puts a house up for sale and lies about
how many layers of roofing it has, etc. Where is the logic in this?
I feel that if an adoptee wants his/her original certificate that is their
right. If obtaining the certificate leads to the birthparent being found then
the individuals can deal with that situation on their own. It happens all the
time. Birthparents and adoptees are located without the certificate so what's
the big deal? Why keep those records sealed? What is it really protecting?
Nothing!
Thank you for your continuing efforts to reuite people and to fight for
adoptees' rights.
UpstairArt


As the adoptive mother of two, one of whom located her birth parents, I'd urge
restraint. After 20 years of nurturing, etc., to be rejected --the pain is
incredible. Before these magic reunions, there needs to be considerable
counseling for all parts of the triad. All you hear about is the birth mother
and child reuniting with hugs and kisses--but the adoptive parents seem to be
forgotten.
Sue Carberry


Although, I am not adopted, my husband is. I feel that it is everyone's right
to have his original birth certificate. We had been searching for several
years before we found his birth family. We have met his father, half brothers
and sister. His birth mother passed away many years ago when she was only 43
years old. We've developed relationships with him as with her sisters and
brother, his aunts and uncle and even his cousins. He now knows who he is. But
NY State doesn't believe he has that right to own the certificate that
documents those blood ties. Isn't that just ridiculous!
SWinick


I am also adopted but find that in your comments about concern about birth certificates being released- that the rights of the origional birthparents must also be protected, I don't
think that is for the majority of the cases however I believe that the state
is mostly concerned about privacy issues and liability rather than a noble
sense of ethics or morality or privacy. I will take a look at your comments
on line for my enlightenment on the issue.
Thanks again,
Mel


About the adoptees, I think the person being sought should be consulted
and their permission required before they are suddenly confronted with
their past by dumping it in their present. I can see how this unexpected
revelation could destroy families and lives!
Revelation should only be at the discretion of the person being sought.
A person needs to keep the right to control their own destiny, or they
may not choose adoption anymore. And that would be an unthinkable
solution!
I know that's not what you wanted to hear, but it is something worth
serious consideration!
Jacqueline J. Apel


Re the adoption and birth certificate question, I have mixed feelings on
that one. Colorado has a confidential intermediary program which through
the courts you can find your birth family, however, if the birth
mother/father wants no contact, that's as far as it goes.
I also feel that perhaps the relinquishing parents have a right to privacy.
It's a sad, sad situation no matter what side of it you're on.
BECKY WOLFORD


Thanks for your site
yes I think that is very backwards that adotoped people can't get the birth
certs
Chil1965


I must answer your question about adoptees not having the right to their
original birth certificates. I have just begun to search for my half sister
and just recently learned that adoptees "do not have the right to their
original birth certificates"....HOWEVER.....I did not know until your message
today that it is actually a FELONY in some states for an adoptee to obtain
their original birth certificates!!!
How many times have I heard and SAID.......This is America....this is a FREE
country!?....Good Heavens! I can't believe how wrong this is.....I think when
an adoptee reaches adulthood, they should have that information available to
them as a matter of course. As minors, it should be easily available to their
guardians for medical purposes if nothing else. The way it stands now is truly
unfair and an outrage. Even if I were a birthmother and petrified that someone
would find out I had a child in my youth....I can't deny that it is a person's
right to have that information about their own selves!
Joanie Hartman


The ACLU move was brilliant. Why do my rights as an adoptee   outweight  another's right for privacy? I am not a lwayer and beleive my major points are probably not new to you, and may not prove the "outweigh" part-maybe stimulate some thought.
-A decision was made on my behalf when I was too young to participate  in it. I am no longer an adult, so now the playing field is even. For good reason, I was not party to this decision as an infant, but as an  adult my needs should be respected. I did not enter into this
agreement  and to hold me to it is wrong.
-I am entitled to know date time location of my birth like any human  being. My right to understand the answer the fundamental question  "where did I come from" supercedes another's need to hide my truth.
-It is not healthy mentally or physically for me to not understand  what may be within me. I need a complete health history to take care of  my body as does every other citizen. I need a complete understanding of  the circumstances surrounding my birth to place me on an even footing with others who have the peace of knowing their origin and ancestry.
-My children's need to have the same information is currently compromised since I am not able to give them their health history as  well. The rights of my spouse and children are violated by this lack  of  understanding.
-A birth certificate is shared information as it represents a shared  event, and therefore all involved parties should be privy to it.
-In many cases confidentiality was not asked for or promised to birth  mothers.
-Over half of birthparents are comfortable with open adoption.
-Current system assumes no one wants to be found. Reverse should be
true- unless someone places an order to veto, info should be open as
any  other b-certificate.
This may also give you food for thought- go to -
http://www.visualimage.com/cyn/newzealand.HTML
Sue Romberger


Please do not list my email address or my name.
I too am outraged by the insensitive attitudes of those who feel
that adoptees do not need/want their original certificate of live birth.
Who cares if you let these children know a name? I have a neice and
nephew that were adopted. The girl is fine, but the boy suffers from
some birth defects. For the sake of the boy in later years, shouldn't
he have the right to know if there is any family history of this before
he marries and decides to have a family? Being able to have names could
allow a disinterested third party to search the medical records and
search this out. What about accuracy of genealogy searches? For that
matter, we have all heard of the child that could benefit by a bone
marrow transplant and needs to find a blood relative. I too could go on
and on for hours about the manner in which adoptions are taking place in
our society, but who will listen? I am one voice against so many. The
birth certificate is but one large issue among many. Doesn't the child
ever have any rights to the truth??? I think they do, don't you?


I think it is totally unconstitutional, as well as just plain wrong. I would have to rampage if someone told me it was against the law to find out my own heritage, just because someone wanted to keep a secret, who might have even changed their mind by now.
It also brings a question in my mind as to how does someone get the
authority to do that and who are they. If I might borrow the phase,
"who died and left them in control", especially of something that
sensitive.  Sorry to carry on like that.
John Hill


I believe every person has a right to know their roots whether adopted or
not. After all, isn't it about them? They have the right to know where
they came from.
Cathy
Birchem


I think the law on this is changing. Adoption
records are becoming increasingly open to the adoptees.

I agree with you that they should be able to obtain
the original and the rest of the records necessary to find their
parents and siblings, if any. It is ironic that statutes have given
the parents' contract of silence such priority over the human rights
of the person who was born. But then there are lots of ways we treat
children as property of the parents, and this is probably just
another one of them. We are not a very pro-child place.
I've not been touched by adoption personally, but my
mother was raised along with her 5 siblings in an orphanage and my
half sister spent time in an orphanage.
Thanks for your good work.
Grayfred Gray


No, I didn't know. I think it is outrageous. My daughter is adopted, but from a jurisdiction overseas where we have not been able (actually not really bothered too much) to get the birth certificate changed to our names. She's now a teenager and I have no problem talking to her about the circumstances pertaining to her adoption. We used her original birth certificate and adoption papers (together with US certificate of citizenship) when we enrolled her in school.
Good luck getting these laws changed.
Craig Volker


Regarding the subject of adoption: I am trying to find the natural parents of
a very good friend of my daughter's and I think it is a deplorable situation
that she cannot get her history without appealing to a court in Iowa to do
this. Even if she goes to court with it, there is no guarntee that the judge
will grant her record to be revealed. It is unfortunate that young girls get
into trouble and have to adopt their child out but I really believe that it is
the adopted child's right to know his/her history when they come of age. Yes
the birth parents have rights also but they should realize that someday their
child will most likely want to know their background. I feel that it should
be a law that even if their name is not revealed, a background paper should be
given the adopting parents to present their child when they come of age. It
should have medical background and a brief explanation of why the child was
given up for adoption. This would relieve a lot of the adopted child's worry
about why they were not "wanted" by their natural parents. Thanks for asking
my opinion.
Linda


I am an adoptee from FL. I now live in TN though. I would love to find out
more about access to my original birth certificate. I was born on "August 20,
1967" that is if Florida did not change that too. I was told I was born in the
Pinellas Co. area too. If you would please keep us up dated on this I would
appreciate it.
Thank you,
Troy Gill


I definitely think it is horrible and unconstitunional; I am affected by
adoption laws insofar as i have friends an/or relatives who are adoptees, birth parents,and/or adoptive parents.
I know of no one who thinks this secrecy is a good
idea. Here in Oregon where I live there is a group working on a petition for a ballot
initiative to allow adoptees access to their birth certificate when they turn 21.
I think this is somewhat overconservative(they should have access to all records
guaranteed at 18). I haven't found the ballot measure (#42) to sign yet.

Marie Ann Parcell


I am an adoptee(1950 in West Chester, Pa.) I found my birth parents and now I am
doing my Genealogy-that is where I have hit big snags-courts do not want
to release records to me to help me in my search. So
frustrating-especially since my parents and siblings are deceased!!!!Who
do they think they are protecting? And yes, my pets have more papers
than I do!! I started this search two years ago for medical histories
and I have had to fight people all the way. Thanks for your pages-I
love them!!
Mary-Lew


I'm not adopted but I agree with you that adopted people should have
access to the information at some point; maybe when they reach 18 or
21. As mature adults a contact with the birth parent would seem like
something everyone could handle - including the possibility of rejection
or disappointment.
Mons


I am very interested in adoption rights.
My mother gave a child up for adoption before I was born. She died
recently and I am eager to find him. Thanks for all of your help.
Cindy


***NO
***If I WERE adopted, I'd want to opportunity to KNOW about ME and
where I came from and what my family history may be- for my children and
possibly for medical reasons.
I am NOT adopted, However, I am an "OLD CHILD", the child of divorce at
9 years old; who's DAD is successful & wealthy -but married a lady with
3 children of her own -which made them the NEW KIDS...Thus, the OLD
CHILD.
Even tho, I know, WHO he is, WHERE he is, I'll never know why or what
happened to make me the OLD CHILD.....this happened in l963...This old
woman (Just 42) -with all the knowledge of where she comes from; doesn't
know why her DAD cast his little girl aside for --3 strangers
children-- I'VE TRIED TO MAKE CONTACT -with no response:{
***Some of the biggest disappointments in our lives...is TRUTH...As you
know, THE TRUTH *IS* OUT THERE....but IS IT NECESSARY to KNOW?? If it
is, be CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR?? THE TRUTH HURTS -but, curiousity can
be tortuous....SEEK! BUT!.... be open to what you find.....

D Kinney


Regarding birth certificates for adoptees, I believe the privacy of the
natural parents must be protected. Any certificate could show where and
when, but the names of the parents should not be required. I also believe
the medical histories of these parents should be known for the sake of the
children in knowing as much as possible about their heireditary
deficiencies.
GERALD KESTELL


Adoption is a subject that I have very strong ideas about. You see, I
am a birth mother who at the age of 15 had to give up my son. I have
since found him and I know it was only through God who allowed me to
obtain information that would otherwise have been denied me.
Florinda S. Presswood


It was so nice of you to share with me your opinion about how it's
illegal for an adoptee to get a hold
of their original birth certificate, I know you must be really busy, and
it was sweet of you to show concern. Are you adopted, or have you been
touched by adoption? I think it's a disgrace the way adoptees are treated
in this society. I have no idea what-so-ever about my heritage, ethnicity,
parents health...nothing. And it's frustrating beyond belief, but
sometimes it's fun because I celebrate every holiday (just in case), I
previously celebrated Easter, Good Friday, and Passover. But I'm still
searching.. STILL SEARCHING, but it's hard because I'm a student and I
am so busy, and once I get on the web and start searching, I tend to
neglect my work, and I get addicted to finding my biological parents. It
was funny how you said your dog has more papers. Dog shelters receive 14
dollars per day from the state for each dog, foster parents receive 11
dollars per day for each child....what does this say about this
society?????
BETH A RAYMER


I think it is a disgrace that adoptees are unable to obtain their original
birth certificate. Its an ever bigger mistake that those birth certificates
can be altered. When the child is born and given up for adoption the birth
mother gives up all her rights to that child. They have no right taking away
the childs rights.
Thanks for letting me voice my opinion.
I am not an adoptee or birth mother.
CofeeBreak


Can't get original birth certificate. That is BULL----!!!
Even if officials blacked out parent name/s to protect identity,(they have
rights too) should be able to get certificate.
Carol T Ellis


As to your inquiry about persons not being able to get their original
birth certificate if they had been adopted------this simply is not
right! If a person is interested in knowing their past birth history, I
feel they have that God-given right! I feel it is not constitionually
fair for someone to deny them any of their personal birth information!
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to "spout off". I get so angry
when I think of some of the outrageous laws on our books at this time!
Cille Boyd


I personally feel that people should have the right to know who they are.
I understand the potential that they will find a parent who doesn't want
them and hasn't told anyone about them. But what if that parent has been
longing to see that child and suffering quietly?
Jan Watts


I agree with you on your original e-mail. I'm pretty militant about this
question, since I was forced to give my daughter up by my mother, who felt
it just 'wouldn't do" to have a "fatherless" child in her home, due to her
"social position". And here's the topper--my mother knew I was
searching--and when she received a letter from my daughter, who was also
searching for me, she never told me--or replied to her. And now, she denies
everything from the past to the present about her actions to my sisters.
Needless to say, I am "mother-less by choice" at this point.
If I can be of help----in some way-----please let me know and I'll be glad
to do whatever I can fit into my time schedule. This is not a put-off--my
husband and I just started our own business, so I have to devote mountains
of time to that while we're organizing and getting customers and making the
ones we already have happy. But I really would like to do more for helping
other people achieve this beautiful reunion that I have experienced.

Ann Marie Dan


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