Sunday, March 18, 2012

Adoptee Rights

I just did two significant things.

The first is that I filled out an application to receive my Original Birth Certificate (OBC). I can do this because I happened to have been born in one of the few states in the U.S. that allow adult adoptees unconditional access to original birth records. Except for the minor inconvenience of having to track down a notary public, which I will do tomorrow, the process is a relatively simple one for me. But I am well aware that my ease is the result of the hard work of others -- the adoptee rights advocates who worked tirelessly in the state of my birth to win this right for me. I thank those men and women.

The second thing I did was make a donation to the Adoptee Rights Coalition … because everybody deserves the right that I am exercising today. Adoptees, in all but those few states, are the only United States citizens denied access to their original birth records. My contribution is a small one, but it is one small step that I can take toward guaranteeing this basic right for all adoptees.


10 comments:

  1. Barbara Jean WalshMarch 18, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    I am so excited about the OBC. Can't wait to see it and find out if your name is "Intentionally left blank" or Georgia (or Una or Frances or maybe that great Hawkes family name: "Experience.") And is your biological father listed by name or "Unknown" or "Alleged".

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  2. Rebecca how exciting for you! Until I started to read your site I never knew that adoptess didn't have the right to see their original birth certificates or that the documents were altered. Sending you much love and good wishes!!

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  3. warriorprincessdiariesMarch 18, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    I'm happy that you are able to get your OBC, and appreciate your efforts to raise awareness about those of us who can't obtain them! We're having such a hard time in my state getting any bills to make it through committee. It's so frustrating sometimes.

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  4. I find it insane that they can not have their original birth certificate! Why not? Even if it just a copy, it is something. Thankful for you and advocating for you and for our kiddos!

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  5. I'm glad that you can see the birth certificate! As for the notary, your bank will have one, and probably your post office too. Good luck and God bless!

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  6. GOOD FOR YOU!!!!!

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  7. I have all 3 of my kids OBC's. I made sure I got them before their adoptions were finalized so they would never be in the position where they couldn't get them. It is their identity, it's their beginning and i didn't want to erase that with the amended BC.

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  8. Hi rebecca- I just saw your blog listed as an AP who supports adoptee rights on a contest she did- and I did not know if you knew it?

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  9. Thanks! Yes. Super excited to be on that list along with some of my favorite bloggers! :-)

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  10. I am so glad that you are able to do this. Here's to the idea that everyone can at some point in the near future!

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