• Petitioned STATE OF NEW YORK

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STATE OF NEW YORK
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

STATE OF NEW YORK: Open birth records and personal files for Adopted individuals from age 18

    1. Mei-Mei  Ellerman
    2. Petition by

      Mei-Mei Ellerman

      Townshend, VT

There are millions of us, adopted people, just here in the US, who are unable to access our original birth certificates [sealed after the adoption process has been completed], to actually know where we came from and "who" we are. We are being denied a basic civil right. Some states are more restrictive than others, New York being at the top of the list. There ought to be a uniform protocol for the entire US, allowing adopted people access to critical information, but given the complexity of the laws and different positions depending on individual states, I feel that starting with one state, will prove more effective that pushing for new federal legislation. Once we have reached a critical mass, with petitions mounting state by state, the time will come to move to an all out drive, nation wide.

The suffering and issues that ensue from being cut off from any knowledge of ones origins, one's heritage, culture, and most importantly from one's family roots, haunt us throughout life. Many are able to access non-identifying information, some medical information, but though useful, it is more tantalizing and frustrating as one feels one is drawing closer to the core of one's search, yet being denied the option of learning whole "truth" which would effect a deep, transformative impact on our sense of identity and belonging.
In European countries, records are open to all adoptees. It is profoundly ironic that in the US, considered the cradle of Democracy, millions of individuals are deprived of one of the most fundamental civil rights. Some states have already moved in the right direction, but the vast majority are still holding adopted people hostages from their past.
For detailed information on adoption laws, click on this link:
https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=http://www.childwelfare.gov/systemwide/laws_policies/statutes/infoaccessapall.pdf
PLEASE JOIN ME IN SIGNING THIS PETITION IN SOLIDARITY, EVEN IF YOU COME FROM ANOTHER STATE WHERE LAW ARE MORE LENIENT. LET'S GO!

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    1. Reached 50 signatures
    2. Petition to open all records for Adoptees in the State of New York

      Mei-Mei  Ellerman
      Petition Organizer

      We have reached 48 signatures in less than 12 hours with 299,952 to go! Am thrilled. Wish message didn't start with "hey", not my style... Am adding state and federal officials to list. Please spread the petition, tweet, put on your facebook page. A million thanks. Having access to our birth certificates, the first step in connecting with who we are and link to family, is a fundamental right.

    3. Reached 25 signatures

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    • Cathy Buchholz ABBOTSFORD, WI
      • 8 months ago

      I was adopted in New York

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    • Sue Fish ROCHESTER, NY
      • over 1 year ago

      It's a birthright that should be available to all

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    • Tom Lanagan CHESTER, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      Knowing where one comes from is a basic human right. It is important psychologically and also medically since individuals may be able to head off genetic weaknesses that make one prone to certain diseases.

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    • Tom Lanagan CHESTER, VA
      • over 1 year ago

      It is a personal right for all Americans to have access to their original birth certificate. Numerous adoptees have problems obtaining their US passport because they do not have access to their original birth records and this should be corrected.

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    • D D SUNNYVALE, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Human Rights Violations are just that. People suffer at the hands of others and that is not acceptable in our world. We, as a society, have laws that are in place to penalize those who commit acts of hate and violence against others. Yet, at the same time,the Law, knowingly hurts and bestows pain and suffering upon the innocent. Something is terribly wrong here when a system violates the rights of the very same people that the system was put in place to protect.

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