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An Adoptee-Focused Law Center

Original Birth Certificates

Some states recognize adult adoptees' unrestricted right to obtain a copy of their own original birth certificates. I represent those who are denied that right.

Citizenship

Intercountry adoptees may not have received United States citizenship—or may have trouble proving it—even after being adopted in the U.S. decades ago. That's wrong. I advocate to correct it.

Personal Information

Adult adoptees are entitled to their own personal information, which may include information that is in an agency, court, or other locations. I help adoptees get what's rightfully theirs.

The United States of OBC

Who Holds Your Truth?

I track state laws that restrict—or don't restrict—an adult adoptee's right to obtain an original birth certificate. See the list of states here or interact with the OBC maps.

Latest News and Issues

The Presence of a Man

Demand that Connecticut Senators reject the “Somers Amendment,” a backwards approach that literally requires the presence of a man to release an adoptee’s own vital record.

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