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.