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.
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PLEASE JOIN ME IN SIGNING THIS PETITION IN SOLIDARITY, EVEN IF YOU COME FROM ANOTHER STATE WHERE LAW ARE MORE LENIENT. LET'S GO!